Med Device Monday: Wearable Photobiomodulation Devices

This month, we're focusing on devices that are making their way toward FDA approval, but which haven't been approved yet. Last week, we talked about the artificial wombs, how they work, and their implications. 

Are you familiar with TMCx? The Texas Medical Center accelerator is a great place to check out if you're in need of some inspiration in the form of hard-working people who are passionate about how their devices can change lives. Last year, we did the Not Yet Approved month in September, and featured Blümio, a device we learned about via TMCx. 

Today, we're talking about another TMCx-featured device: Aesela. They're wearable photo modulation devices, as the title of this post says. WELP, I think that fully explains it! See you next week! 

Okay, really though, photobiomodulation devices? Yes! And this is so cool. These devices are meant to be worn by patients after certain surgeries and procedures in order to speed and aid healing. They use light energy to affect a series of changes at the cellular level and promote healing. This has they potential to be a game-changer for everything from C-sections to TMJ surgeries to liposuction to wisdom teeth extraction.  

 Photo from aesela.com.

Photo from aesela.com.

As the company explains, "PhotoBioModulation is a nonthermal process involving endogenous chromophores eliciting photophysical (i.e., linear and nonlinear) and photochemical events at various biological scales. This process results in beneficial therapeutic outcomes including but not limited to the alleviation of pain or inflammation, immunomodulation, and promotion of wound healing and tissue regeneration."

One of my employees has had several orthognathic surgeries. That's where they break your jaw(s) and put you back together again. She was excited to see this device, and said, "This would have been a huge blessing to me during my recovery. As you can imagine, the healing process for a surgery like that is not pretty. It's long, uncomfortable, and full of bruising, swelling, and pain like you can't imagine. I had no idea the human body could expand that much! Having relief from all of the swelling, and having the tissues possibly heal quicker, would have made the whole process, well, not enjoyable, exactly, but certainly much better. And less swelling and quicker healing would also have meant I could have gotten more nutrition more quickly to help aid the healing process. Can't say I recommend a liquid diet for getting in fighting shape."

In addition to the points she brings up, some of the testimonies on Aesela's website mention that using the device also resulted in patients using fewer narcotics post-op, which is certainly a bonus. All in all, this sounds like a win to me. I'm excited to follow this device!

 

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