Foot ulcers are the most common type of chronic wound and can occur for several reasons. They are open wounds that develops on the skin as a result of injury, poor circulation, or pressure. People are encouraged to always keep an eye out for any warning signs and to talk to a doctor especially if one has any risk factors.
Some common chronic foot ulcers include venous ulcers, arterial ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers.
Left untreated, a foot ulcer can: Increase in size and depth. Become infected, which can spiral into other foot conditions. Lead to reduced functioning in the feet and, in some cases, even require amputation.
Within 5 years of ulceration, over 50% die and 5% lose a limb.
Diabetic Foot Ulcer Wounds occur in approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes, and is commonly located on the bottom of the foot. Of those who develop a foot ulcer, six percent will be hospitalized due to infection or other ulcer-related complication.
are human amniotic fluids and/or amniotic membrane tissues that have been minimally manipulated into a liquid or patch format. Amniotic tissue allografts can be placed on or around a wound to serve the same function that they do in utero, which is to cover, protect and nourish tissue.
Amniotic membranes, when used as a biological dressing, helps wound healing by acting as a foundation for re-growth of soft tissue.
Prior to application of the membrane, a thorough history of the patient is necessary as to how the wound was formed, any previous treatments and Chronic Illnesses along with eligibility.
Wound Care Requirements
If you have not received any recent treatments for your wounds, Medicare requires 4 weeks of conservative treatment: cleaning & debridement for 1 day a week for 4 weeks then the Graft can be applied.
This is a Medicare requirement
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