Interview: What Is Santyl?

Dr. Ming-Wei Wu has been a surgeon and clinical doctor for many years. Today, he works as a Clinical Associate at Touro University in Las Vegas, where he specializes in surgery related to wound care. Dr. Wu is also a proponent of Santyl, a collagenase enzyme ointment from Healthpoint. We recently spoke with him about Santyl and what it does.

INTERVIEWER: We’re pleased to have you with us today. You’re a spokesperson for this new product, Santyl. What is it?

DMW: Santyl is an ointment that helps to dissolve dead tissue in wounds. By removing the dead tissue, we encourage growth of new, healthy tissue.

INT: What kinds of specific applications does it have?

DMW: It’s a fairly versatile product, but of course it’s for external use only. In particular, it’s effective at treating skin ulcers and severe burns… basically any time there’s going to be nonliving tissue in the wound.

INT: And can anyone just go out and buy a tube of Santyl, for example, to keep in a medical kit?

DMW: Santyl is a powerful enzyme-based treatment, so no. It’s restricted to prescription use only.

INT: Thank you for taking a few minutes to tell us about it.

DMW: Certainly.

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