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Electrical Stimulation as a Therapy for Wound Healing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000005898D
Publication Date: 2001-Nov-14

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Abstract

A means of providing chronic direct and/or alternating electrical stimulation to a chronic wound(s) with one or more microstimulators that can be implanted with a minimal surgical procedure is described herein. Prior research suggests that stimulation of chronic wounds may promote effective wound healing through the promotion of circulation, wound contraction, epidermal migration, edema reduction, and tensile strength improvement. Electrical stimulation may also help trigger an immune response to a chronic wound and may have direct bactericidal effects.