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Effectiveness of Daily Home Electrical Stimulation as an Adjunctive Therapy to Accelerate Wound Healing in People With Diabetic Foot Ulcer 

By Alejandro Zulbaran, Naima Rodriguez, Hector Elizondo, Anmol Momin, Jeffrey Ross, Miguel Montero-Baker, Brian Lepow, Joseph L. Mills, Bijan Najafi, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Michael E., DeBakey Department of Surgery

Diabetic foot Ulcers (DFUs) create a high expenditure for healthcare systems and could lead to limb loss. Electrical Stimulation (E-stim) is an alternative treatment option to speed up wound healing. The study’s aim is to evaluate whether home-based daily E-stim therapy can speed up wound healing. The hypothesis is that daily E-stim therapy would improve tissue oxygenation of DFUs, therefore accelerating the healing process. The first RCT study examined feasibility and effectiveness of home-based E-stim therapy to improve wound healing. With over 90% self-adherence, the study suggests high perceived ease of use and benefit to wound healing among people with DFU’s. Our results revealed positive contribution of E-stim to improve tissue oxygen saturation, a key ingredient for wound healing.