Study of the influence of vacuum therapy on the wound process in patients with diabetic foot syndrome

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Background: According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the number of patients on diabetes mellitus is now more than 415 million people on Earth, until 2030 it will increase to 439 million, and by 2035 ― will reach 592 million. Throughout life, 4.6−25% of patients with diabetes mellitus develops a diabetic foot syndrome with the formation of wounds, whose treatment, can not yet be considered satisfactory, since in 15−25% of patients are the direct cause of high amputations of the lower limbs. This requires finding new effective methods for treating wound defects in patients with diabetic foot syndrome, one of which can be vacuum wound therapy.

Aims: To study the effectiveness of vacuum therapy in the treatment of acute and chronic wound process in patients with diabetic foot syndrome, depending on the pathogenetic form of the lesion.

Materials and methods: The effect of vacuum therapy on the course of acute and chronic wound process in 231 patients with neuropathic and ischemic form of diabetic foot syndrome was studied during 2014−2017. Evaluation of the dynamics of the wound process was carried out on the basis of clinical, planimetric, microbiological, morphological methods, as well as microcirculation indices in the area round the wound.

Results: Vacuum therapy of acute and chronic wounds in patients with different pathogenetic forms of diabetic foot syndrome, allows to stabilize the course of wound process, stimulate regenerative processes in the wound, improve local microcirculation (p<0.05). This, in turn, allows a shorter time to prepare a wound for closure by one of the methods of plastic surgery or create favorable conditions for its independent epithelization. In patients with ischemic lesions (chronic arterial insufficiency of the third degree), the carrying out of vacuum therapy by standard method leads to an intensification of the pain syndrome. This causes the need to apply an initial negative pressure in the system in the range of 70−80 mm Hg, which makes it possible to stop pain during the day. At 2−3 days of the postoperative period, negative pressure is established at standard values.

Conclusions: Vacuum therapy of wounds in patients with diabetic foot syndrome is an effective method of treatment that allows the doctor to reduces the duration of treatment of patients in hospital with a neuropathic form of diabetic foot syndrome on average (4.3±1.7) bed-days, and patients with ischemic form ― on average (4.1±1.9) bed-days, which has both medical and social significance.

Petr A. Gerasimchuk

Ternopil National Medical University (Named after I. Horbachevsky)

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5409-7990

Ukraine, 1, maydan Voly, 46001 Ternopol

MD, PhD, Professor

Alexander V. Shidlovskyi

Ternopil National Medical University (Named after I. Horbachevsky)

ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5049-7404

Ukraine, 1, maydan Voly, 46001 Ternopol

MD, PhD, Professor

Dmitriy B. Fira

Ternopil National Medical University (Named after I. Horbachevsky)

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0590-8910

Ukraine, 1, maydan Voly, 46001 Ternopol


Andrey V. Pavlyshyn

Ternopil National Medical University (Named after I. Horbachevsky)

ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3420-192X

Ukraine, 1, maydan Voly, 46001 Ternopol


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