Biological Debridement: Maggot Therapy in Modern Medicine

wound debridement, or maggot therapy, uses sterile larvae of certain fly species to consume dead tissue. Maggots secrete enzymes that liquefy necrotic tissue, which they then ingest, leaving healthy tissue intact. This method is highly effective for chronic or non-healing wounds. Despite initial hesitation, maggot therapy is gaining acceptance due to its precision, cost-effectiveness, and ability to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.