A new wound care treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFUs) :

The dermaPACE® System:

What is dermaPACE?

Do you suffer from acute or chronic sores? Do they cause you pain, discomfort of embarrassment? Do open wounds put you at risk of developing infections or other serious medical conditions? If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, then the dermaPACE was designed for you. Using ultramodern advances in shockwave technology, the dermaPACE promotes speedy wound recovery. While shockwaves have been used in the medical arena for almost 30 years, they have remained exclusively in the domain of orthopedic and kidney stone procedures. As medical professionals became more familiar with the results of shockwave technologies, some started to notice evidence that there was an unintended effect on wound healing. What was at first anecdotal evidence, soon became verified by rigorous scientific studies.

Thus, Pulsed Acoustic Cellular Expression (PACE) technology was developed. The dermaPACE is the first and only device to utilize specifically designed PACE protocols to treat wounds.

How do dermaPACE Treatments Work?

Blood Perfusion and Vessel Vasodilation 

Blood flow is essential for wound healing. The better the blood flow, the more quickly and completely a wound will heal. In fact, one of the body’s natural responses to an injury (once the bleeding has stopped) is to increase blood flow to the area. Enhanced blood flow, increases the amount of beneficial proteins, antibodies, oxygen, glucose, lipids, and other nutrients.

PACE treatment’s primary benefits come from is an increase in blood perfusion (flow) to the area. Added blood will encourage healing while a lack of blood flow (ischemia) inhibits it. This new medical devices allow the PACE shock waves to permeate the microcirculatory system in the area, providing immediate changes to nearby blood flow. Blood perfusion in the treated area will strengthen in as little as 2 to 8 hours after treatment. The main mechanism that benefits the flow of blood is vasodilation of pre-existing blood vessels. Vasodilation in a blood vessel increases diameter; allowing more blood to flow. This is the body’s natural response to trauma. 

Applications

The dermaPACE apparatus is approved for the treatment of chronic defects of the skin and subcutaneous soft tissues (tissues under the skin). DermaPACE’s pulsed acoustic waves are effective on acute and post-operative wound including:

  • Arterial ulcers
  • Decubitus ulcers
  • Deep-partial thickness burns
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Post-traumatic wounds
  • Venous ulcers

What Should I Expect? 

Most dermaPACE treatments take place at your physician’s office or healthcare facility. The appointment is scheduled An intake appointment may or may have not been completed ahead of time. Regardless, you should expect to answer some basic questions and undergo a physical evaluation prior to the procedure. It is a good idea to wear loose-fitting clothing. You might be asked to change into a hospital gown. You should be in general good health at the time of the appointment. You will be asked to sign an informed consent form prior to the treatment.

If you have any wound dressings or bandages, the staff will first remove them. The wound will be photographed and measured to later evaluate progress. We will then gently clean the area and apply a sterile gel to the wound. The treatment will begin by delicately placing the dermaPACE applicator on the surface of the wound. You will notice an audible “popping” sound coming from the device for the duration of the treatment. In most cases, you will require only a few treatments that last less than 15 minutes. This, of course, will depend on the location of the wound, the wound’s size, your overall health and other factors. After the treatment is completed, you will want to rebandage your wound. Your healthcare provider will give you instructions on aftercare. Healing and recovery time both improve when you become an active participant in your wound care.

Are There Side Effects or Complications of ESWT for woundcare?

There are minimal risks associated with using the dermaPACE. It can cause redness, slight bruising or a sensation of tingling and numbness in some cases. These side effects are generally short lived and go away on their own. There may be in brief increase to the amount of pain that is felt right after the treatment. Again, this will go away shortly.

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Want More Information about advanced woundcare?

If you have questions or concerns about the dermaPACE procedure, take the time to talk to your healthcare provider. He or she should be able to tell you if dermaPACE procedures can help with your healing. Our staff has been professionally trained and  have extensive, first-hand experience in using dermaPACE.

Is it Safe for Everyone?

DermaPACE is yet to be approved for use on patients with some special medical conditions. This does not mean that it is necessarily dangerous; only that it hasn’t been proven safe. 

PACE procedures have not yet been proven beyond a doubt to be safe and effective for those patients with some preexisting health concerns. You should talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of the following medical conditions: 

  • coagulation disorders and
  • malignancies in the treatment area.

PACE treatments have not been approved to be used on the following areas:

  • the gonads,
  • the area of the head,
  • around the lungs and
  • on the spinal column

There has been almost no experience in treating:

  • children,
  • individuals with implants in the treatment area,
  • people with pacemakers or
  • pregnant women