ePlasty: Vol. 19
Outpatient Debridement with Low Frequency Contact Ultrasound
This was a prospective, randomized, controlled, clinical study involving 76 subjects with venous ulcers over a 24-week period in an outpatient hospital-based wound care center. The ultrasonic debridement procedures were performed using a low-frequency (22.5 kHz), high-intensity (~60 W/cm2) contact ultrasound device that produces cavitation. Wounds debrided ultrasonically healed significantly faster than wounds debrided with sharp debridement (curettage). The incidence of complete healing was significantly greater (P < .05) after 20 and 24 weeks in subjects receiving ultrasonic debridement.
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Debridement of Venous Leg Ulcers With Direct-Contact, Low-Frequency Ultrasound: Results of a Randomized, Prospective, Controlled, Clinical Trial
Oscar M. Alvarez, PhD,a,b,c Martin E. Wendelken, DPM, RN,a and Mark S. Granick, MDb,c

aCenter for Curative and Palliative Wound Care, Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY; bVascular and Wound Care Center, University Hospital, Newark, NJ; and cDivision of Plastic Surgery, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark

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