Improving Wound Healing in Diabetics

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Diabetic Foot Care, Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton


Dr. Z lecturing on Dermagraft to the Doctors Hospital Wound Center medical staff.

Due to their compromised immunity, diabetics can develop foot ulcers that do not heal well or take a very long time to heal.  Unfortunately, these foot ulcers, if not properly treated, can lead to a tragic outcome: amputation of the affected foot.

One of the most rewarding aspects of our work is not only preventing amputation, but restoring the diabetic’s foot through the use of advanced wound care technology.

One of the ways we do this is through Dermagraft®.  Dermagraft is an advanced wound care product that contains living human skin cells. It is essentially a skin substitute that is placed on your wound to cover it and help it heal! It is used for those wounds that have not healed in six weeks or less.

The science behind this product is quite marvelous! 

What is Dermagraft?

Dermagraft  is composed of human neonatal fibroblasts, an extraceullar matrix, and a bioabsorbable mesh scaffold. The human neonatal fibroblasts are seeded onto the mesh scaffold. These fibroblasts multiply to fill the scaffold.

Then the human fibroblasts secrete dermal collagen, matrix proteins, growth factors, and cytocines (small signaling molecules used for cell signaling) to create a 3–dimensional human dermal substitute that can that contains metabolically active living cells. Dermagraft can be reapplied to the wound as needed without removal of the previous application because the scaffold is absorbed by the body!

Wow! This is not the Terminator, baby…this is real science! Science that is drastically improving the quality of life in diabetics!

If you have diabetes and a foot wound that is not healing or you are experiencing ankle or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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