Featured Disease: Diabetic Foot ulcers
A common surgical complication of diabetes is the development of foot ulcers which are very slow healing and are the most frequent cause of amputations. These ulcers commonly become infected with Staphylococcus aureus, most commonly (MSSA), although resistant infections are also becoming more common. In our experience, phage treatment for these infections is a unique and effective solution for this chronic problem. Despite sensitivity, antibiotic treatment is frequently ineffective. Bacteriophage has the ability to penetrate into tissues and through biofilms in ways that antibiotics can’t and in patients with already poor circulation this is an especially important feature.
Phage therapy in Surgical infections:
Bacteriophage has been used extensively in surgery for 60-70 years. Extensive experience with phage use on the battlefield and post-war situations have proven phage therapy to be a truly effective prophylactic and treatment in wound care.
Phage can be used intraoperatively for treatment of osteomyelitis, abscesses and infected wounds.
Conservative treatment includes:
- Chronic soft tissue infections: wounds, fistulas, infectious complications of trophic ulcers
- Prophylactic use to prevent post-operative infections
- Treatment of nosocomial infections