Learn from the patients and physicians we work with about how wound care has impacted their lives.
KEVIN F., LOUISIANA
Kevin has suffered from chronic wounds since being paralyzed by an injury in 1994. After having to lie still on a spinal board for almost two weeks following his accident, Kevin developed a terrible pressure ulcer on his tailbone. Until a wound care clinic opened near his home, he would drive 70 miles to the nearest clinic to receive treatment every week. For some of his more serious wounds, Kevin’s friends would take turns driving him four hours to see a specialist.
Though he continues to develop pressure sores related to his original injury, with continued wound care treatment, Kevin can lead a fulfilling life. He trains and breeds Labradors, and runs a program called Wheels on Water that helps people in wheelchairs go hunting. However, Kevin can’t escape the pain of his chronic ulcers.
Read Kevin’s story in the Houston Chronicle.
A Texas-based patient served as an ER nurse for 35 years when she first began noticing non-healing wounds forming on her legs. Suffering from muscular dystrophy, diabetes, and a clotting disorder, the patient developed atrophie blanche which caused painful ulcers to develop from simple occurrences such as knocking into a broom. Confined to a wheelchair, she set out to find the best treatment for her chronic wounds.
The patient drove 50 miles to visit a wound care center in her network, and was relieved to find that treatment with a cellular product – sometimes called a skin substitute - dimmed the pain. Unfortunately, her Medicare Advantage Plan didn’t cover this treatment or the office visit to the wound care center, instead encouraging her to visit her primary care physician. After nearly four decades working in the medical profession, the Texas-based nurse was shocked that so many of her colleagues didn’t know what chronic wounds were. So when the time came to find someone she could trust to treat her wounds, she looked to the experts at the wound care centers to bring her relief.
Roughly ten years ago, Pat was diagnosed with prostate cancer. After a prostatectomy and forty rounds of intensive radiation therapy, he was cancer-free. However, the treatment that removed his life-threatening cancer had subjected eighty percent of his bladder to second- and third-degree burns. To aid in reducing painful and bloody urination, his urologist made the mistake of removing internal scar tissue. Worsening the wounds, the surgery left him unable to last fifteen minutes without needing to use the bathroom.
After exhausting all other options, Pat agreed to try hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), and was thrilled with the results. Pat noted that when beginning the treatment, he was not able to complete a therapy session – approximately two hours of sitting in a 100 percent oxygen chamber – without needing to use the bathroom. After about a week, he could.
Although, HBOT is an effective wound treatment, it’s often overlooked by many in the medical field.