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SCKMC Offers Advanced Wound Care Using Living Cells

April 16, 2014

Dr. Tyson Blatchford, general surgeon at South Central Kansas Medical Center, and his team have recently begun treating patients suffering from slow healing wounds with a unique treatment that utilizes living cells to speed healing. The treatment, called Apligraf, has been used nationally to treat thousands of patients for venous leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers.

Arkansas City, KS - Dr. Tyson Blatchford, general surgeon at South Central Kansas Medical Center, and his team have recently begun treating patients suffering from slow healing wounds with a unique treatment that utilizes living cells to speed healing. The treatment, called Apligraf, has been used nationally to treat thousands of patients for venous leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers.

Leg and foot ulcers generally result from poor circulation or a lack of feeling in the feet. Standard treatment for leg ulcers has been compression therapy, or tightly bandaging the site of the wound. Standard treatment for foot ulcers includes surgically removing dead skin and bandaging the wound. While this treatment has been proven to be effective, for some patients it can take several months or even years to fully heal.

Apligraf treatments are used with compression therapy and damaged tissue removal. Clinical studies have shown the combination of treatments shortens healing times for slow progressing ulcers.

"Every wound is different, but with the Apligraf healing times are extensively shorter (compared to traditional wound care treatment alone)," said Kathy Avery, LPN for Dr. Blatchford.

The thin, skin-looking treatment is created using cells found in healthy human skin and collagen derived from cows. It is placed directly on the wound and then wrapped with a dressing that must be changed weekly by a medical professional.

"Many wound therapies, like dressings and antibacterial treatments, are designed to manage a wound until the body heals itself. Apligraf plays a more active role in the wound healing process. Apligraf delivers to the wound living cells, proteins produced by the cells, and collagen which are important for healing," according to the company website.

The medical center has provided wound care treatments for many years as part of their outpatient services. However, Dr. Blatchford believes the Apligraf brings that service to the next level.

"We are excited to bring this breakthrough in bio-technology to our community. The Apligraf treatments allow us to shorten healing times and help our patients get back to their lives sooner," Blatchford said.

For more information about this service visit www.apligraf.com or call the SCKMC specialty clinic at 620- 441-5796.

(Pictured): Members of the SCKMC specialty clinic team traveled to San Jose, CA recently to participate in a training seminar for the Apligraf wound treatment. (From left: Dr. Bruce Lerman, seminar presenter; Kathy Avery, LPN; Racquel Szabo, Physician Assistant for Dr. Tyson Blatchford)

(Pictured): Members of the SCKMC specialty clinic team traveled to San Jose, CA recently to participate in a training seminar for the Apligraf wound treatment. (From left: Dr. Bruce Lerman, seminar presenter; Kathy Avery, LPN; Racquel Szabo, Physician Assistant for Dr. Tyson Blatchford)