Operating RegenMed: development of better in-theater strategies for handling tissue-engineered organs and tissues.
Fishman JM., Wormald JCR., Lowdell MW., Coppi PDE., Birchall MA.
Tissue engineering ex vivo and direct cellular application with bioscaffolds in vivo has allowed surgeons to restore and establish function throughout the human body. The evidence for regenerative surgery is growing, and consequently there is a need for the development of more advanced regenerative surgery facilities. Regenerative medicine in the surgical field is changing rapidly and this must be reflected in the design of any future operating suite. The theater environment needs to be highly adaptable to account for future significant advances within the field. Development of purpose built, combined operating suites and tissue-engineering laboratories will provide the facility for modern surgeons to treat patients with organ deficits, using bespoke, regenerated constructs without the need for immunosuppression.