Maggot Debridement Therapy (MDT) is a type of biotherapy that uses live maggots to clean and debride (remove dead tissue) from wounds. The maggots used in MDT are typically the larvae of the green bottle fly, and they are bred in a sterile laboratory environment to ensure their safety and effectiveness.
MDT has been used for centuries, and has regained popularity in recent years due to its effectiveness in promoting wound healing and reducing the risk of infection. The maggots work by consuming dead tissue and bacteria, while leaving healthy tissue untouched. This helps to speed up the healing process and reduce the risk of complications such as infections or amputations.
MDT is typically used in cases of chronic or non-healing wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers or pressure sores. It can also be used to treat infected wounds or wounds with significant necrotic (dead) tissue. MDT is considered a safe and effective alternative to more invasive debridement methods, and is often used in combination with other wound care techniques.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a chronic or non-healing wound, talk to your healthcare provider about whether MDT may be an appropriate treatment option.