Bioscience

UA research may lead to fewer limb amputations

April 6, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Tucson Citizen, Alan Fischer] – A University of Arizona study on wound shapes could help people with chronic wounds avoid limb amputations.
Round wounds have a better chance of healing – and heal more quickly – than wounds with a lot of concavities or squiggles, said Dr. David G. Armstrong, UA professor of surgery and director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) at the UA College of Medicine.
The study showed larger round wounds healed better and more quickly than smaller wounds with irregular shapes, he said.
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