Extracorporeal shock waves, a new non-surgical method to treat severe burns

Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery and Burn Center Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Passeig de la Vall d’Hebron 119-129, 08025 Barcelona, Spain

Extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT) increases perfusion in ischaemic tissues, stimulates growth factors, decreases inflammation and accelerates wound healing. It is a safe technique classically used in urology and orthopaedic surgery with success, but there is still limited literature regarding its use in the management of burns. 

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