Jun 22, 2015
Foot wounds are one of the most common, complex, and costly sequelae of diabetes mellitus. If ignored, diabetic foot wounds can fester, leading to chronic problems resulting in the foot being amputated.
To take care of diabetic foot not only helps an individual receive treatment involving oral medications or intravenous injections or growth factor dressings and vacuum assisted closure (negative pressure wound therapy, NPWT) but also makes available surgery to improve circulation which may help avoid foot amputation.
During the past few years, NPWT has emerged as a treatment for these complex wounds. Treatment with NPWT resulted in a higher proportion of wounds that healed, faster healing rates, and potentially fewer re-amputations than with standard treatment.
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