Wound Care North Providence RI

Well-known for devouring the flesh of corpses, fly larvae, also known as maggots, are the last thing you’d expect—or want—to see in a hospital room. Yet based on a new study published in Wound Repair and Regeneration, these disgusting critters may just be the saviors of people suffering from a particularly intractable type of wound.

Caroline J Plamondon, MD
(401) 272-6602
One Randall Square
Providence, RI
Business
Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery
Specialties
Cosmetic Surgery
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Blue Cross Blue ShieldUnited Heathcare of New EnglandTuftsFirst Health
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Workmens Comp Accepted: Yes
Emergency Care: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: Women and Infants' Hospital
Residency Training: University of Montreal Affiliated Hospitals
Medical School: University of Montreal School of Medicine, 1991
Additional Information
Member Organizations: Rhode Island Medical Society American Society of Plastic Surgeons American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association Rhode Island Medical Women's Association
Languages Spoken: English,French

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David Barrall
(401) 274-0700
151 Waterman Street
Providence, RI
Specialties
Cosmetic Surgery
Insurance
Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No


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Charles M Cavicchio DPM
(401) 305-0910
2 Wake Robin Rd Ste 203
Lincoln, RI

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Lauralyn Cannistra
(401) 729-2175
111 Brewster St.
Pawtucket, RI
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Cardiology
Insurance
Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No


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Lawrence P. Bowen
(401) 331-4140
100 Dudley Street
Providence, RI
Specialties
Cosmetic Surgery
Insurance
Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No


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Charles M Cavicchio DPM
(401) 305-0919
133 Mathewson St
Providence, RI

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Capaldi Chiropractic LLC
(401) 384-0913
160 Smithfield Ave # D
Pawtucket, RI

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(401) 312-4651
3 Wake Robin Rd
Lincoln, RI

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1 Commerce St
Lincoln, RI

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600 Wampanoag Trail, Suite D
East Providence, RI

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Well-known for devouring the flesh of corpses, fly larvae, also known as maggots, are the last thing you’d expect—or want—to see in a hospital room. Yet based on a new study published in Wound Repair and Regeneration, these disgusting critters may just be the saviors of people suffering from a particularly intractable type of wound.

The study involved 50 patients with pressure ulcers (aka bedsores), the painful, ugly spots that are the curse of the wheelchair-bound and bedridden. Their sores had failed to respond to conventional treatments—creams and surgery—and were therefore fertile breeding ground for gangrenous infections.

So it was time for some heavy hitters. Civil War doctors are the ones who first noticed that wounds with maggots in them healed faster. Seems the tiny flesh worms have little to no interest in healthy, living tissue, but a strong affinity for the necrotic stuff around a pressure ulcer. Maggot therapy fell out of favor over the years (no surprise), but it seems to be making a bit of a comeback. So the researchers decided to give it a try.

The first step: Each volunteer was treated with five to eight creamy white maggots per centimeter on their bedsores. Then, a bandage was placed around the wound and covered with a por-ous sheet of nylon or mesh. Some maggots escaped, but those that didn’t quickly consumed the dangerous dead tissue, while secreting an enzyme that appears to promote healthy tissue growth. After three weeks, 80 percent of the patients’ wounds had healed—nearly twice as many as healed with conventional treatment.

The ghoulish heralds of death made even the nurses queasy. But to the patients, the concept of hosting a few flesh-eating insects for a couple of weeks wasn’t a problem. Maybe that’s because they were facing amputation if the treatment failed. Or perhaps it’s because in their former lives, they had faced much tougher challenges: They were all WWII vets.

—James O’Brien

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