Wound Care Seagoville TX

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.

Rodney Robertson, OD
(972) 613-9000
2411 N. Galloway, Ste 116
Mesquite, TX

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Rutherford Veterinary Hospital
(214) 826-4166
924 S Haskell Ave
Dallas, TX

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Dr. Darcy E. Brunk
(972) 303-0683
1606 Wynn Joyce
Garland, TX
Business
Achieve Chiropractic Health
Specialties
Chiropractic, Pediatric Care, Sports Rehabilitation, and Performance Training
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Accepting all insurance except United Healthcare
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Workmens Comp Accepted: Yes
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Emergency Care: Yes

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Primary Hospital: Presbyterian
Residency Training: Logan College
Medical School: Logan College of Chiropractic, 1995
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Languages Spoken: English,Spanish

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Frederick Lester
(214) 821-6580
3600 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX
Specialties
Cosmetic Surgery
Insurance
Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: No
Emergency Care: No


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Christian Lance, MD
(972) 551-7500
200 N Virginia St
Terrell, TX
Business
Better Health Center
Specialties
Family Practice

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East Dallas Veterinary Clinic
(214) 328-9935
8541 Ferguson Rd
Dallas, TX

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Broadway Chiropractic Ctr
(972) 226-2225
6450 Broadway Blvd
Garland, TX

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Huntly G Chapman, MD
(214) 370-3006
3600 N Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX
Business
North Texas Spinecare, LLP
Specialties
Orthopedics

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JoAnn Travis MD
(972) 239-2896
3500 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX
Specialties
Anesthesiology

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Philip Brown, MD
(214) 820-7246
3600 Gaston Ave
Dallas, TX
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Baylor Center for Pain Management
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Anesthesiology

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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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