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DOCTORS IN LOS ANGELES USE NEW GRAFTING TECHNIQUE TO PREVENT AMPUTATIONS

07-14-2014

NEW DEVICE ALLOWS EPIDERMAL GRAFTS TO BE HARVESTED FROM THE PATIENT'S OWN THIGH AND TRANSPLANTED IN THE CLINIC WITHOUT ANESTHESIA OR PAIN.

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NICOLE GARRETT
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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 Association.
About Amputations
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 from depression.

For more information visit http://www.shermanoakshospital.org/Services/Medical-Services/Amputation-Prevention-Center.aspx

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