NEW DEVICE ALLOWS EPIDERMAL GRAFTS TO BE HARVESTED FROM THE PATIENT'S
OWN THIGH AND TRANSPLANTED IN THE CLINIC WITHOUT ANESTHESIA OR PAIN.
Los Angeles (July 14, 2014) - Doctors in Los Angeles are among the first
in the nation to use a new tool to heal diabetic foot ulcers and prevent
amputations. The device is an epidermal graft harvester called CelluTome
distributed by Kinetic Concepts, Inc. in San Antonio. It uses suction
and heat to cause about 100 tiny blisters on the thigh over approximately
40 minutes. Then the roofs of the blisters are severed and the micro-grafts
transplanted to a new site via an adhesive film. The donor site heals
in a few days and bleeding or pain is very rare.
Dr. Lee Rogers, Medical Director of the Amputation Prevention Center at
Sherman Oaks Hospital, said, "We've had about six months of experience
with the new technique and we are thoroughly impressed. In many cases
we've been able to avoid a more complex surgery that would have required
anesthesia. This certainly has the potential to change the landscape of
wound care and the prevention of amputations in those with diabetes."
There are 26 million people in the United States with diabetes representing
8% of the population. Other regions of the world, like the Middle East,
have a diabetes prevalence as high as 25%. Foot ulcers are the most common
factor leading to an amputation because they are portals for infections.
The World Health Organization stated as many as 85% of amputations are
avoidable. Preventing an amputation is accomplished by ensuring adequate
circulation, treating infection, removing pressure from the feet, and
healing wounds. The epidermal harvester is a novel tool that can help
accomplish wound healing in a new minimally invasive way.
About the Amputation Prevention Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital
The Amputation Prevention Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital is a specialized
inpatient and outpatient program designed to help prevent limb losses.
This unique Center is over 12,000 square feet and offers private inpatient
rooms, outpatient space, two designated operating rooms, a non-invasive
vascular lab, and an invasive cardiovascular laboratory. The Center is
staffed by fellowship-trained, nationally-recognized physicians and surgeons
of multiple specialties who collaborate to avoid limb loss by utilizing
the most modern tools and techniques.
About Dr. Rogers
Dr. Lee Rogers is a board certified podiatrist who is fellowship-trained
in surgical limb salvage and the prevention of amputations from diabetes.
He has published more than 100 manuscripts or book chapters on the diabetic
foot and is the past chair of the Foot Care Council of the American Diabetes
Diabetes is the leading cause of amputation in the United States resulting
in approximately 100,000 limb losses yearly. Diabetes affects 1 in 12
people in the United States. After an amputation the mortality rate is
as high as 68% in 5 years. Patients often become less mobile and suffer
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