The use of adhesives in surgery is an old but mostly unfulfilled dream (
Donkerwolcke et al., 1998
). Compared to conventional bonding techniques employed in surgery today like stitching, fixing with screws, pins, and plates, gluing has several advantages because it represents a fast and uncomplicated technique that causes no or only slight injuries of surrounding tissue and enables a homogenous load distribution between bonded materials (
). If such an adhesive would be gradually self-degrading in the body, newly formed tissue could replace the adhesive during the healing process and a complete regeneration of the damaged tissue would be possible. A gradual degradation of the adhesive would also maintain the necessary bonding strength within the tissue repair period and finally no foreign material would remain in the body.