Photobiomodulation of Surgical Wound Dehiscence in a Diabetic Individual by Low-level Laser Therapy Following Median Sternotomy

Dixit, Snehil and Maiya, Arun G and Umakanth, Shashikiran and Borkar, Shirish (2013) Photobiomodulation of Surgical Wound Dehiscence in a Diabetic Individual by Low-level Laser Therapy Following Median Sternotomy. Indian Journal of Palliative Care , 19 (1). pp. 52-56. ISSN 0973-1075

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Abstract

In this single case study, we attempt to outline the possible effect of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) on delayed wound healing and pain in chronic dehiscent sternotomy of a diabetic individual. The methods that were employed to evaluate changes pre and post irradiation were wound photography, wound area measurement, pressure ulcer scale of healing (PUSH), and visual analogue scale (VAS) for pain. After irradiation, proliferation of healthy granulation tissue was observed with decrease in scores of PUSH for sternal dehiscence and VAS for bilateral shoulders and sternal dehiscence. We found that LLLT irradiation could be a novel method of treatment for chronic sternal dehiscence following coronary artery bypass grafting, as it augments wound healing with an early closure of the wound deficit. Hence, this might be translated into an early functional rehabilitation and decreased pain perception of an individual following surgical complication

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Low-level laser, Median sternotomy, Pain, Wound healing
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Physiotherapy
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Medicine
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2013 09:43
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2013 09:43
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/136327

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