Debridement is important to promote wound healing. Debridement is the process through which clinicians remove dead tissue and foreign materials from wounds. Dead tissue may be of different colors: black, gray, yellow or white. There are several methods of wound debridement, and debridement with larvae is one of them.
Rapid debridement can be achieved in as little as one treatment with disinfected larvae. Larvae are instinctively selective and eat only the dead tissue of a wound. They are precise, clean, quick and clinically effective. Although debridement with disinfected larvae can be a good solution for healthy and natural wound debridement, psychological and aesthetic concerns are understandable in contemporary culture. They either come loose and can be placed under a bandage, or come trapped in bandages. Patients need to consult their clinicians before opting for this type of debridement.
Pricing and Suppliers
Is it covered by Medicare Part B?
Debridement is a medical procedure covered by Medicare as long as requirements are met. Among requirements, the wound needs to have devitalized, fibrotic, nonviable tissue, infection, necrosis, foreign matter, and the debridement method used needs to be recognized by Medicare as a proven method, supported by valid scientific literature. Larval debridement is one of these methods.
How can I purchase this product?
Disinfected larvae for debridement are regulated by the FDA as a prescription medical device. Under Medicare, the cost of the larvae is included in the debridement service. In other cases in which you need to purchase them separately, you will need a prescription from your provider to purchase this device directly from the manufacturer. Maggots are prepared upon order; they are highly perishable and cannot be stored, reused, or returned.
The table below shows highest and lowest Medicare pricing across the country
|Description||Medicare DME co-payment Min / Max
|Non-covered item or service||
$0.00 / $0.00
If your insurance does not cover this product, you can purchase it directly from any store. A list of online stores and prices is provided below for your convenience. For updated prices, find it on the internet at https://woundreference.com/app/product?id=761
* Indicates whether store accepts Medicare or commercial insurance, but may not apply to this specific product. See coding, coverage and reimubursement for more information.
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