I-21: Novel Technologies for Wound Healing


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With a growing and aging population, and increases in diabetes and obesity, the number of chronic and complex wounds will stress our current medical systems. Clearly better methods to heal wounds faster with less pain will be of benefit to our patients and society. Advances in reconstructive surgery such as microsurgery have allowed surgeons to treat very difficult complex wounds, but these procedures are complex and often leave significant donor site morbidity. New technologies applied to complex wounds can often result in transformation of the wound into a clinical problem that requires a less complex surgical procedure. Technologies that are currently available to patients can be divided into three categories: 1. Biologics (growth factors and cells), 2. extracellular matrix analogs and 3. micromechanical forces. As science expands and the mechanisms of action are better understood about these technologies, clinicians will be able to target specific therapies to wounds allowing faster healing and less complex surgical procedures