Breakthrought in Laser Applications: SmartXide² for Wound Healing Management
Wound care has become a top-priority issue for health systems worldwide. Healthcare costs for wound management have been rising in recent years and could experience further growth, due to the gradual ageing of the population and the global increases in diseases such as diabetes and obesity.
Chronic wounds involve various kinds of ulcers:
- venous leg ulcers
- pressure ulcers
- diabetic foot ulcers
These ulcers last 12 to 13 months on average and can lead to amputation, loss of function and decreased quality of life, as well as being a significant cause of morbidity.
Given its wide range of applications and effects, RF CO2 laser technology could be strategic for effective and efficient wound healing management, in addition to helping with extremely non-responsive wounds (e.g. patients affected by lower limb ulcers with exposed bone, risking minor or major amputations).
The DEKA SmartXide² RF CO2 laser’s exclusive PSD (Pulse Shape Design) technology provides maximum flexibility in terms of pulse shape (S-pulse, D-pulse, H-pulse, U-pulse and CW mode), which broadens the range of surgical options available to a surgical team.
Through careful selection of technical parameters (such as power, pulse shape, frequency and scanning features), various effects on tissues can be induced, ranging from precise cuts and/or ablations to deep and effective stimulation of tissue regeneration.
The impressive clinical results achieved in recent years have led to several current research projects, aiming to gain a better understanding of laser-induced mechanisms of action on tissue in wound-healing and other sectors.
“I started using the laser for my toughest cases of chronic diabetic foot ulcers, which were usually infected and non-responsive treatment. The SmartXide² has proven really useful both for preparing the wound bed and for deep decontamination, facilitating the tissue-healing process with surprising results.” M. Monami, MD (Careggi Hospital – Italy)