William J. Lipkin, M.D. on Electric Bandages and Other Ancillary Techniques

Posted by Admin on July 28, 2010
I think it basically provides another ancillary technique to healing hard-to-heal diabetic foot wounds and leg wounds. There are so many different factors in healing these wounds - glycemic control, proper nutrition, proper circulation for patients. I think what this does is that it helps to heal those hard-to-heal wounds by providing stimulation.I guess through this bandage patients are helped who may have other factors that would lead to a poor healing result.

In our practice, we are using proper wound care technique depending upon what the type of wound it is.  We found great treatments for these hard-to-heal wounds including synthetic skin substitutes. Such as Apligraf and Dermagraft or couple of different other products that are out there.  We are using recombinant DNA technology utilizing Regranex, which actually promotes healing by adding healing cells to the surface area of the wound.  On very difficult wounds we are actually also using hyperbaric oxygen as well, referring patients to a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, in order for that to be used as an ancillary treatment too. I think this Prosit bandage is using something similar. The wound is not going to heal on its own for a variety of reasons, so lets add electrical stimulation to the actual bandage so it will help to stimulate the wound to heal itself much like you would use a bone stimulator to heal a fracture that has a hard time healing.

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