Medical Miracles - Diabetic Foot Ulcers
New innovative treatment for patients suffering with diabetic foot or venous leg ulcers!!
There are 2 main causes of diabetic foot ulcers. Most often, they result from lack of feeling in the feet (neuropathy). This condition can result in injury because normally painful sensations, such as stepping on a pin, cannot be felt and therefore may not be properly treated. Continuing to walk on the injured foot may cause an ulcer to develop.
Poor circulation in your legs and feet can also cause the skin to break down, forming an ulcer.
The standard treatment for healing diabetic foot ulcers is typically a combination of surgically removing dead skin, bandaging the wound, and staying off the injured foot. However, this may take a long time and doesn't always work.
Today, an innovative treatment called APLIGRAF may be a better answer. APLIGRAF is actual living skin that is bioengineered, grown in the laboratory from cells of neonatal (infant) foreskin. It is delivered for the doctor's use in a Petri dish ready for ulcer application. When combined with standard treatment, APLIGRAF has been shown to heal more diabetic foot ulcers faster than standard treatment alone. In fact, APLIGRAF can help heal foot ulcers that have been present for 3 weeks or longer, 2 ½ to 3 times as fast. Ask our doctors if APLIGRAF can work for you.
Our doctors have been using APLIGRAF since 1999 and were among the first in Michigan to use this innovative technology. Since then, Dr. Lefkowtiz has lectured and taught hundreds of doctors how to use APLIGRAF properly.