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Apligraf(r) is a unique advanced treatment for healing. Dr. Dana Balderrama, Medical Director for the Wound Care Center, explains, "It’s a special biological dressing. They have special cells and all kinds of growth factors in them. They are extremely expensive. But…used on the right people, they actually save money over all. Not only do they help the patient, but also they are extremely cost effective even though they are very expensive. The reason is because they help prevent things like amputations. The cost of an amputation to society is huge. The person’s loss of productivity…and the money spent on teaching someone to get through life with an amputation can be very difficult. So, a lot of these very expensive dressings actually make a big difference in being able to prevent some of those things. These are not things you should be just putting on anyone that comes into the office, Medicare realizes that, so they don’t allow it to be done in the office. They only allow it in a certain center like we have. We are kind of in between a hospital, which is an acute emergency resource and a walk-in doctors office. We have a classification that allows us to use those kinds of dressings. It’s an advanced treatment that you can’t get in just going to your doctors office. The same is true of hyperbaric oxygen. Those people who qualify for it can have incredible benefit from it. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment can be every weekday for one to three months…. it’s a long-term commitment. But, when an amputation can be avoided, it’s worth it."

Apligraf(r) is a unique advanced treatment for healing. Dr. Dana Balderrama, Medical Director for the Wound Care Center, explains, "It’s a special biological dressing. They have special cells and all kinds of growth factors in them. They are extremely expensive. But…used on the right people, they actually save money over all. Not only do they help the patient, but also they are extremely cost effective even though they are very expensive. The reason is because they help prevent things like amputations. The cost of an amputation to society is huge. The person’s loss of productivity…and the money spent on teaching someone to get through life with an amputation can be very difficult. So, a lot of these very expensive dressings actually make a big difference in being able to prevent some of those things. These are not things you should be just putting on anyone that comes into the office, Medicare realizes that, so they don’t allow it to be done in the office. They only allow it in a certain center like we have. We are kind of in between a hospital, which is an acute emergency resource and a walk-in doctors office. We have a classification that allows us to use those kinds of dressings. It’s an advanced treatment that you can’t get in just going to your doctors office. The same is true of hyperbaric oxygen. Those people who qualify for it can have incredible benefit from it. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment can be every weekday for one to three months…. it’s a long-term commitment. But, when an amputation can be avoided, it’s worth it."