Dela Hansford, 76, from Hampshire, faced having her leg amputated two years after a small wound, like a blood blister, developed on her leg. Kerecis Omega3 Wound fish skin graft healed her ulchers and saved her leg from being amputated. Two years after she noticed a small wound, like a blood blister, on her right shin, Dela Hansford faced having her leg amputated. In 2013, Mrs Hansford, 76, a widow from Hampshire, developed several ulcers on her leg.
'The first appeared after I banged my leg on a chair in the September. It was like a blood blister and I thought it would go away,' she says. 'I kept it clean and looked after it, but it got bigger and about a month later I went to see my GP, who dressed it.' But the wound didn't heal - and then over six months, four others appeared. 'They became very big, two were about the size of my palms and very deep, almost to the tendon.' They were so deep that, in April last year, she was told amputation of her lower leg was a distinct possibility. Dela Hansford heard about the treatment through her daughter, Pamala, who lives in Iceland, and says: 'I suggested to my NHS consultant that we tried it.' The treatment began in July 2014. 'It made a massive difference,' says Mrs Hansford. 'The ulcers started healing straight away - you could see changes almost within days. 'Four have healed and one is on the way to healing - it's less than half the size it was. As soon as they started the treatment, I could feel myself getting better.'
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The Vein Clinic is one of the first clinics in the United Kingdom to offer wound treatment with the Kerecis Omega3 Wound acellular fish skin graft.
The Vein Clinic covers most of the major areas of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Berkshire providing treatment across 4 separate sites.
Ray Robison served his country as an Army medic in the late 1970s and early 80s. He looks back fondly on this time—especially his time as a flight medic—because of its fast pace with “everything going on, all the time.” He continued in healthcare after the Army and eventually became the director of respiratory therapy at a local hospital.
Things changed after Ray stepped on a nail while working on his father’s farm two years ago. His health began to decline and eventually he had to leave his healthcare career on medical disability, after having several surgeries for gangrene.
That wound healed after time with wound vacs (negative pressure treatment), but the foot was prone to pressure points. The wound reopened and developed osteomyelitis. This led to a trans-metatarsal amputation in August 2015. That wound didn’t heal properly in spite of being treated with common therapies.
In fall 2015, Ray’s podiatrist recommended therapy with the Kerecis fish skin Acellular Dermal Graft (ADG). Ray noted: “Kerecis was used with great success. I have a problem with hyper-granulation with wounds due to hemophilia. With Kerecis, there was no hyper-granulation.
“Also the graft can stay on for extended periods of time, which is good because it means you are not disturbing the clotted area by continually changing the dressing. This is particularly important because of the hemophilia.”
When Ray’s podiatrist saw him in January 2016, his golf-ball-sized wound had all but healed and required only minimal dressing.
Ray hopes to get off of disability soon and start his own business.
Dr. Fredrik Correa at Danderyds Hospital in Sweden was able to heal a female patient, who faced having her leg amputated, using Kerecis Omega3 Wound. The patient had been suffering from a chronic leg ulcer for a quarter of a century that had shown little progress towards healing. Standard of care was provided with no signs of healing for 25 years.
Stockholm County Innovation and the Department of Dermatology at Danderyds Hospital in Stockholm announced the successful outcome of Kerecis Omega3 Wound treatment product on seven patients with severe chronic leg wounds. The patients' wounds had not healed with traditional treatments. One patient had been treated for a chronic leg wound for 25 years. After being treated with the Kerecis fish-skin graft, the wound healed in only 8 weeks. Another patient saw a 6-year-old chronic wound heal in a matter of months.
"These were some of our most difficult cases and the results for the patients were very good," said Fredrik Correa, the physician in charge of the project at Danderyds. "Many of these chronic, hard-to-heal wounds showed recovery and accelerated healing using the fish skin. It is clear to us that Kerecis Omega3 Wound accelerated and helped the wounds heal faster," he added.
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