Scientists have succeeded in their experiments in developing a new urethra from the patients’ own tissues. Dr. Anthony Atala of Wake Forest University, North Carolina recently revealed that an experiment to develop a new urethra from the body tissues of patients has gone successful in 14 boys, and it has been working perfectly for last six years in the boys.
The complicated experiment under the leadership of Dr. Anthony Atala took place six years back. Fourteen Mexican boys, who were suffering from some damages on their urinary system due to auto accidents, were undergone the trail of the experiment. The boys were unable to urinate normally before the surgery.
According to Dr. Anthony, the boys, after six years of the surgery, are urinating like anyone else. “When they first came in, they had a leg bag that drains urine, and they have to carry this bag everywhere they go,” Dr. Anthony says.
Indeed, the boys are now experiencing liberty from huge bags thanks to the successful experiment of Anthony and his colleagues that include doctors at Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City.
The key part of the experiment was rebuilding a new urethra from a very small tissue taken from the urinary bladder of the boys. Scientists multiplied the tissue into 100 million or more in the lab. These tissues were kept covering a biodegradable cylinder, which would melt down as a long the tissue, urethra, got developed.
Dr. Atala explains that the newly-developed made-to-order tissue was used as urinary tubes in the boys. They began to function so like the natural urinary tubes do, bringing great reliefs for the suffering boys, Atala said.