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   Posted 6/20/2008 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
 Hi everyone
 I went to my wound care doc yesterday....I have a 2 year old non healing ulcer on my foot that started from a scratch, it is now about the size of a pencil eraser. The ulcer has stopped making progress and now doc wants to try something new. We have been using various ointments (debriding ointments and ointments to stimulate new tissue growth). I had a T com done and it showed low oxygen/blood flow to the wound area. Now he is giving me 2 options- I can rent with the option to purchase an Anodyne system which uses ultraviolet light to stimulate blood flow to the area( medicare won't cover it cause there is no hard proof it works and out of pocket cost is $400 for 6 weeks rent and $1300 to buy), or a skin graft and  hyperbaric treatments every day for 8 weeks at a whopping cost of $2300 a treatment(my 20% would ONLY be $460...not to mention I live an hour away from the office! Has anyone else had any non healers like this, and what did you do? I am about at the end of my rope with this. The doc wants me to choose a treatment method SOON and I just don't know what to do. HELP!!!!!
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   Posted 6/21/2008 2:06 AM (GMT -6)   
((((((((( Donna )))))))))))))

AKKKKKK!! If Medicare will cover a second opinion . . . I think I'd go for another opinion. If you've been dealing with this for two years and its not getting worse . . . . maybe that would be an option.

Have they checked your H1C/A1C ???? to make sure you are not diabetic??? I know they normally do a glucose level in your blood regularly . . . but the H1C would show them how your body handled sugar for about the last 3 months . . . more info and pretty inexpensive test.

I hope someone else here has some ideas for you.


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