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Collagen based wound filler, dry form, sterile, per gram of collagen

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Collagen-Based Wound Filler, Dry Form, Sterile, Per Gram of Collagen (HCPCS A6010)


This procedure involves applying a sterile, dry form of collagen-based wound filler directly to a wound. The collagen product helps to manage wound exudate (fluid) and promotes healing.


This treatment aims to support the healing of chronic or acute wounds that are difficult to manage. It helps in the absorption of wound exudate, maintaining a moist wound environment conducive to healing, and providing a scaffold for new tissue growth.


  • Chronic wounds such as pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, and venous leg ulcers.
  • Acute wounds including surgical wounds and trauma-induced wounds.
  • Patients with non-healing wounds or those showing minimal improvement with other treatments.


  • Cleanse the wound area thoroughly with saline or an appropriate wound cleanser.
  • Assess the wound size, depth, and condition.
  • No special fasting or medication adjustments are typically required.

Procedure Description

  1. Cleansing: The wound is cleaned to remove debris, bacteria, and old exudate.
  2. Preparation: Measure the wound's size and depth to determine the amount of collagen needed.
  3. Application: Apply the dry form of collagen-based wound filler directly onto the wound bed.
  4. Covering: The wound is then covered with an appropriate secondary dressing to secure the filler and maintain a moist environment.

    Tools and equipment used include wound cleanser, sterile collagen wound filler, and secondary dressings. Generally, anesthesia or sedation is not needed for this procedure.


The application takes approximately 15-30 minutes, depending on the wound's size and complexity.


This procedure is typically performed in an outpatient clinic, wound care center, or sometimes at the patient's home by a healthcare professional.


  • Wound care specialists or nurses typically perform the procedure.
  • In some cases, under the guidance of a physician or a surgeon.

Risks and Complications

  • Infection if the wound is not properly cleaned.
  • Allergic reaction to collagen-based products (rare).
  • Delayed healing if not correctly applied or managed.


  • Promotes faster wound healing by maintaining a moist environment and providing structural support.
  • Can be a more effective option for wounds that are resistant to other treatments.
  • Typically, results and improvements can be seen within a few weeks.


  • Patients should follow wound care instructions, including regular dressing changes and monitoring for signs of infection.
  • Recovery times vary depending on the wound's severity but can range from weeks to several months.
  • Regular follow-up appointments to assess healing progress are recommended.


  • Traditional gauze dressings.
  • Hydrocolloid or hydrogel dressings.
  • Negative pressure wound therapy.
  • Pros of collagen-based fillers include targeted treatment and support for difficult-to-heal wounds, whereas cons may involve cost and the need for professional application.

Patient Experience

  • Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure.
  • Some may feel slight irritation or sensitivity at the wound site.
  • Pain management can include over-the-counter pain relievers if needed.
  • Overall, patients can expect a relatively straightforward and non-invasive experience, with clear instructions for ongoing wound care.

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