Maggot Therapy to Treat Foot Ulcers

Maggot Therapy to Treat Foot UlcersMaggot Therapy to Treat Foot Ulcers

Specialists at Razi Hospital in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, are using the up-and-coming method, maggot therapy, to treat infected foot ulcers in diabetics. “Maggot therapy, also known as larva therapy, is a type of biotherapy involving the introduction of live, disinfected maggots (fly larvae) into the non-healing skin and soft tissue wound to clean out the dead tissue within a wound,” said Dr. Asghar Sharif Najafi, head of the internal medicine department of the hospital. The hospital is the first in the province, and second in the country to carry out the method, ISNA reported. Maggot therapy is a proven and successful method worldwide, namely in the US, Canada, the UK, and Europe. Efficacy, excellent safety record, simplicity, and low cost of treatment are among the advantages of the method.