Spider Bite Treatments
Venomous spider bites can not only be painful, but if left untreated, can cause significant damage to skin tissue and even lead to other medical problems.
Early treatment is key
Robert Unsell MD, in Oklahoma City, provides a revolutionary technique for the treatment of spider bites. Dr. Unsell uses a stun gun to deliver a low-grade electric impulse, directly to the bite area. The stun gun is the same type of device used for self-defense, but the electricity is delivered to the body through medical-grade electrodes. The energy from the stun gun neutralizes the venom’s toxins, rendering them virtually harmless.
Typically, a bite from a venomous spider can result in near-immediate loss of skin tissue. In the case of the Brown Recluse spider, tissue decay will continue to decay for days following the bite, with pain and extreme cosmetic damage occurring at and around the bite area.
Oklahoma’s Venomous Spiders
Through the use of the stun gun, electric impulses are delivered directly to the bite area. Most patients will only feel a slight muscle twinge–similar to the sensation of a strike to the “funny bone.” Most bites require only one treatment, but the wound should be monitored to make sure additional treatments are not needed.
Insurance & Cash Pay Options
We accept most insurance plans. A referral is not needed for most insurance plans. Give us a call to discuss your insurance and your coverage options. Your plan may or may not cover the procedure, our office insurance reimbursement staff will help you understand the procedure and your payment options.
Meet the Doctor
After graduating from Loma Linda School of Medicine Dr. Unsell spent more than a decade serving at Loma Linda in several positions including the Assistant Professor of Orthopedics as well as the Assistant director of the Hand Fellowship Program. He has been involved with the training of 35 hand fellows, 15 of which now hold academic teaching positions.
“It might sound crazy, but this treatment for spider bites really works. And the zap doesn’t really hurt that much!”Andrew Harris
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