Very often implanting medical devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators can cause damage to the surrounding tissue. Additionally, devices can move around after being implanted which can lengthen healing time, cause infections, and in extreme cases, lead to follow-up surgeries. Now, medical company CorMatrix has developed the CanGaroo ECM Envelope which works as a bioscaffold. The CanGaroo creates a comfortable environment for the cardiac device to be explanted and held in place until the body’s own tissue grows around the device. The CanGaroo ECM Envelope will not calcify, molds to the shape of the device, and eventually forms into vascularized tissue.
So far, the CanGaroo ECM Envelope has been successfully implanted in one human patient and CorMatrix has received clearance from the FDA to begin marketing this product.