Management of
Surgical Wounds

Management of Surgical Wounds

Microlyte® Surgical provides you with a
new antimicrobial tool for management
of surgical wounds.

Microlyte® Surgical provides you with a new antimicrobial tool for management of surgical wounds.

Created for surgeons—
by surgeons.

The world’s first and only fully-synthetic, antimicrobial, and bioresorbable matrix

Microbial contamination is a threat to healing of all surgical wounds. Microlyte® Surgical contains bacteria-killing antimicrobial silver. Reduction of bacterial bioburden may reduce microbial colonization and risks of wound infection. This addition of ionic and metallic silver provides rapid, effective, and sustained antimicrobial activity.

Microlyte® Surgical absorbs wound fluid and transforms into a bioresorbable material that intimately contours to the underlying surgical wound. It maintains a physiologically moist microenvironment. In vitro and in vivo, studies indicate that components of the matrix allow cell growth and neovascularization. 1,2,3

Dr. Angela Gibson

“The property that I find unique in Microlyte is the total conformation to the wound bed as the thin film melts into all the crevices of a wound likely where the bacteria are hiding and preventing healing. It is also very easy to apply and may decrease irritation, such as itching, caused by other products.”

Angela Gibson, MD, PhD, FACS
Burn Surgeon and Medical Director UW Health

Annual Number of Surgeries

Annual Cost of SSIs

(156 SSIs @ $30,000)


What is your cost of Surgical Site Infections?

There are roughly 5,000 hospital in the US doing a total of 30 million surgical procedures each year. This translates to an average of 6,000 surgeries per hospital per year.6

Across all specialties, surgical site infections (SSI) occur at a 2.6% rate. The typical SSI results in an additional 7-10 day hospital stay and a cost of treat as high as $30,000, which is not reimbursed by Medicare.

SSIs represent a significant cost to your hospital and health system.

  • Average SSI Rate: 2.6% (780,000 SSIs/30 million procedures)7
  • Number of SSIs: 6,000 at 2.6% = 156
  • Average Cost Per SSI: $30,0007,8

Surgical Site Infections can happen anywhere.

The average Surgical Site Infection rate is 2.6%. Hover over the red markers and you’ll notice some common Surgical Site Infection Rates specific to particular specialties.

Microlyte® Surgical reduces microbial burden through a low but effective dose of silver in the surgical matrix for improved management of surgical wounds. Click below to learn more about the Microlyte® technology.

Slide Craniotomy (clean) 9.7% (without prophylaxis) 5.8% (with prophylaxis) Hernia Repair 10.1% SSI rate (Open procedure) Submandibular Gland Excision 24-78% SSI Rate (w/o prophylaxis) 5-38% SSI Rate (w prophylaxis) Cardiovascular Up to 8.5% SSI rate overall Thoracic Surgery 0.7-2.0% SSI rate Plastics 5.2-10.3% SSI rate
(post-mastectomy reconstruction)
1.9-2.5% SSI rate
(breast augmentation)
Pancreatic Surgery 10.0% SSI rate Colon Surgery 5.0% SSI rate C-Section 3-15% SSI rate Orthopedics Up to 2.4% SSI rate (hip prosthesis) Hip fractures
without prophylaxis: 10.4% SSI rate
with prophylaxis: 5.4% SSI rate
Peripheral Vascular Surgery 10.4% SSI rate Burns 6% SSI rate for TBSA burns > 15%
Dr. _Jeffrey Niezgoda

“We like using this a lot, especially in wounds that have an irregular surface. It conforms to the wound base very readily. The multi-day antimicrobial effect is nice for wounds that may require compression or a secondary dressing that we don’t want to change everyday.”

Jeffrey A. Niezgoda, MD, FACHM, MAPWCA, CHWS
President and Medical Director AZH Wound and Vascular

Easy to use, conforms to any size or shape

Microlyte® Surgical is as easy as peel and place. It is indicated for virtually all acute, chronic, and traumatic wound types.

Prepare the wound

Remove the matrix

Cut to size

Apply matrix

Matrix contours

Click to read our detailed instructions for use.

Instructions For Use
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Case Studies

Vape Pen Explosion Burn Wound

Michael Schurr, MD, Sarah Waterman-Manning, MD
Mountain Area Health Education Center; Asheville, NC

A burn from a vape pen explosion showed full re-epithelialization 7 days after a single treatment with Microlyte® Matrix.

REFERENCES 1 A Agarwal, et al. Biomaterials, 31 (4), 680-690, 2010. 2 Systemic Toxicity, Local Tissue Response, and Wound Healing Study of Microlyte Ag wound dressing, Following Repeated Treatment to Full-Thickness Wounds in Rats – 28 Days. Study 15T_41113_02, 2015. Data on file, Imbed Biosciences. 3 MTT cytotoxicity testing conducted at NAMSA. Data on file at Imbed Biosciences. 6 Weigelt, J.A., et al. Am J Infect Control, 38, 112-120, 2010. 7 American Health Quality Association. 56 hospitals collaborate to prevent surgical infection: QIO-led program cuts infection rate 27% in a year, 2005. 8 Anderson, D.J., et al. PLOS One. 4(12), 1-7 2009.

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