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Maggot therapy is easy to apply in a 3-step process: 1) place the Medical Maggots™ (5-8 maggots/cm2) in the wound and cover with our Le Flap du Jour cage dressing, 2) leave the active biological dressing on the patient for 1-2 days to clean the wound, 3) remove the dressing and maggots and dispose as with other medical waste.
If you have a wound that is not healing well enough or quickly enough, then ask your doctor about maggot therapy for your wound. Maggot therapy is often used as a "last resort," when all other methods fail to debride (clean) a wound or save a limb. But that can waste time, money, and quality of life, if it could have been treated sooner.
Medical Maggots™ (germ-free, laboratory-grown fly larvae) are used to treat a wide variety of non-healing wounds, including pressure ulcers ("bed sores"), venous stasis ulcers, neuropathic foot ulcers (like many types of diabetic ulcers) and non-healing traumatic or post surgical wounds.
In the United States, Medical Maggots™ are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as a prescription only medical device for treating wounds. They cannot be released without a prescription or an order to do so by an appropriately licensed health care provider.
What do real patients say about maggot therapy?
Find out for yourself by watching and listening to their stories. Also information about maggot therapy, and how the dressings are applied, can be found on this site.
If you do not have insurance, Medicare or Medicaid, and if you do not have the financial means to cover the cost of treatment, just let us know. Monarch Labs and the BTER Foundation provide Patient Assistance Grants to cover the cost of the maggots. Additional information can be found on our Reimbursement page. Also, it is reasonable to ask your doctor to provide the service at a reduced fee.
Remember: Never postpone your medical treatment just because you do not have the money yet. Monarch Labs can send the treatments ordered, and bill you later, if you want. Delaying treatment can lead to progression of the underlying infection, circulatory compromise, or other problems, which in turn can leave you with a larger, more difficult-to-treat wound, a worse prognosis, and a need for more costly treatment.
If you are looking for a therapist to evaluate your wound for maggot therapy, first ask your current physician or surgeon. S/he knows you already, and can provide local care and follow-up. Your current doctor or wound care therapist may already have experience with maggot therapy. Even if not, the procedure is simple enough that most licensed therapists can do it their first time with ease. We have a clinical consultant on-call to assist your therapist. Courses are also available (see BTER Foundation or our support pages).
If that is not possible, or if your therapist would like to speak with others who have more experience, contact us for a referral. Sorry, we cannot post the names of therapists or their contact information.