Wound Care

Wound Care

The dermaPACE Breakthrough

The dermaPACE is new medical device for wound care. It is FDA approved (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) for treating venous stasis ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers. It uses sonic shock waves to stimulate healing in a variety of different types of wounds. Additionally, the dermaPACE device is approved by many international regulators to treat chronic and acute conditions of the skin and subcutaneous soft tissues (the tissue under the skin).

The body’s physiological responses to the application of shock wave treatment has been researched for over 3 decades. It’s safety and efficacy has been well documented over those 30 years. However, several of the most clinically relevant developments regarding tissue regeneration were discovered recently. Peer-reviewed, scientific studies and the extensiveness of literature examining medical shock wave therapy is thoroughly documented. The results (both individually and collectively) paint a strong picture of the potential benefits that PACE based treatments can offer those suffering from painful wounds. While more research can undoubtedly better our understanding of the possible advantages, there already exists a vast body of compelling evidence.

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Medical innovators originally designed Shockwave treatment to treat kidney stones back in the 1990’s. Over the interceding three decades, researchers and practitioners have collected a wealth of data and medical experience in the realm of Shockwave therapies. These practical lessons have been combined with advancements in engineering to produce a medical tool like none other on the market. The state-of-the-art dermaPACE device represents the gold standard in Shockwave technologies. Optimizing quality, efficacy and safety were at the heart of the development process. The dermaPACE has undergone comprehensive clinical studies and rigorous testing to confirm its safety and efficiency.

Research conducted using Doppler imaging to measure blood flow in treatment areas have demonstrated a marked increase in blood perfusion and vessel density after 24 hours since treatment. This finding is valuable because it decreases the chances of ischemia (lack of blood flow) that is so often associated with inadequate healing. It is important to note that studies have shown that patients who have undergone PACE intervention did not experience any negative vascular side effects such as an unsafe change in blood pressure. 

Breaking Down Biofilm

Have you ever heard of biofilm? No it’s not a biographical movie, it’s an ultrathin, protective layer that entrenched bacterial colonies will sometimes produce. Just like our autoimmune system will defend our bodies from harmful pathogens, bacteria use the biofilm to keep out antibiotics. It creates a physical defensive barrier to protect the colony against antibiotic treatment. Shock wave therapies (like PACE) have been proven to break down the biofilm barrier, allowing antibiotics to penetrate to the bacteria and eradicate the colony.

Inflammation Response

Just as with many biological processes, there are several different pathways and stages of wound healing. One of them, is the inflammatory (or swelling) stage. While there is a misconception out there that swelling is bad and should be avoided, it is in fact a necessary step in the healing process. PACE treatment will trigger an immediate inflammatory response. You might be asking yourself, “how does that help?” Well, swelling signals the body to initiate certain actions to repair any damage in the area. 

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Researchers at highly respected research hospitals have discovered that PACE treatments lead to an increase of white blood cells that pass through the vessel wall, moving into the treated tissues. The leukocytes in white blood cells are central to the healing process. Increasing their flow during the inflammatory phase of wound healing triggers the release of compounds that cause the growth of new blood vessels (pro-angiogenic). Researchers have demonstrated that pro-angiogenic factors have a profound impact on healing. Shock wave treatment causes the wound to move quickly through the inflammatory phase into the proliferation (cell duplication) phase of healing.