Designing a Biodegradable Biliary Stent for the Treatment of Biliary Stricture
Program: Materials Science and Engineering
Current treatments for biliary stricture, which is a narrowing of the bile duct, involve surgeries to insert and remove a metal or plastic stent in addition to multiple ballooning procedures to ensure dilation. This impacts the patient’s quality of life and puts them at a higher risk for postoperative complications. We propose the use of a biodegradable, self-expanding biliary stent which would remove the need for auxiliary procedures following its insertion, and have studied the degradation behavior of a braided stent made of a WE43 magnesium-based alloy for its application towards biliary stricture treatment.
Additional Project Information
We would like to extend special thanks to Beril Ulugun and Fort Wayne Metals for their assistance in completing this project!