Some of most exciting and promising advances in wound care have been the bioengineered skin substitutes used to stimulate and encourage new tissue growth, including stem cells and other modalities. At Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine, we use these wondrous technologies every day.
Dermagraft is indicated for use in the treatment of full-thickness diabetic foot ulcers greater than six weeks duration, which extend through the dermis, but without tendon, muscle, joint capsule, or bone exposure. Dermagraft should be used in conjunction with standard wound care regimens and in patients that have adequate blood supply to the involved foot.
AlloDerm Regenerative Tissue Matrix is processed from donated human tissue that must pass the same stringent screening criteria as any other implantable tissue or organ (heart, lungs & kidneys, etc.). Even before it undergoes processing, the donor tissue must pass rigid guidelines set by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
Grafix is a three-dimensional cellular matrix designed for application directly to acute and chronic wounds, including diabetic foot ulcers and burns. Flexible, conforming and immune neutral, this cellular repair matrix provides a rich source of viable, multipotent MSCs and growth factors directly to the site of the wound while the matrix protects the area from inflammation, scarring and infection.
Apligraf® is a unique, advanced treatment for healing. It is created from cells found in healthy human skin. Which explains why it looks like a thin, piece of real skin. It is used to heal ulcers such as diabetic foot and venous leg ulcers that are not healing after 3-4 weeks, despite treatment with conventional therapies.
Oasis® Wound Matrix is a natural extracellular matrix naturally derived from porcine small intestinal submucosa. The natural tissue scaffold is incorporated and absorbed into the wound environment.
Skin flap is a piece of tissue that is still attached to the body by a major artery and vein or at its base. This piece of tissue with its attached blood supply is used in reconstructive surgery by being set into a recipient site (injured area onto which a flap or graft is placed). Sometimes, the flap is comprised of skin and fatty tissue only, but a flap may also include muscle from the donor site (the area from which the flap is raised).
At Encompass Healthcare, we are able to have most of these procedures performed right in our full outpatient office!
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