I thought I saw this tendon sort of quivering. I am only sorry that I wasn’t able to film while I worked. When I opened up the bloated end of this tendon, I found the motherlode of maggots. This video shows the little explorer who alerted me to the problem. You can look at the bright side – they do a great job of cleaning up a wound. The problem with “free range” maggots is that they are laid by flies and thus carry bacteria.

Medical grade maggots are “sterile,” meaning, they don’t carry bacteria.

Dr. Fife sees patients at the CHI St. Luke's Hospital Wound Clinic in The Woodlands, Texas. For an appointment call (936) 266-2150.

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