A multidisciplinary specialty.
Patients with chronic wounds don’t just have to suffer through the pain of a non-healing wound. Healing these wounds can help patients regain their mobility and independence. It can give them their life back.
Comprehensive chronic wound care is a multidisciplinary approach to help improve the quality of life for those suffering from non-healing and long-lasting wounds. As we age, and as conditions such as diabetes and obesity continue to rise, more and more patients are at risk for slow-to-heal foot ulcers that can result in a need for amputation.
These wounds cannot simply be covered by a bandage, they are extremely painful and often prevent patients from living a normal life. Because these wounds require constant treatment and are commonly found on or near the foot, wound care patients can lose their mobility and independence.
Effective wound care therapy utilizes evidence-based clinical research to determine why wounds are not healing and develop individualized treatment plans that will bring the best results for the patient. Wound care therapy is performed by experienced and highly specialized physicians who dedicate themselves to healing chronic wounds.
There are many different treatment options for wound care patients. A wound care specialist will determine the best course of treatment for each individual patient.
HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is an effective treatment for chronic wounds that strengthens the immune system, reduces swelling, stimulates the body’s creation of new blood vessels, and produces healthy tissue. HBOT is especially beneficial for diabetic patients with non-healing wounds that fail to respond to conservative therapy.
Patients receiving HBOT are placed in a pressurized chamber where they breathe 100 percent pure oxygen at an air pressure about two and a half times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere.
HBOT works by increasing the amount of oxygen your blood can carry and aiding the formation of new skin around the wound to promote healing and fight infection.
CELLULAR AND TISSUE-BASED PRODUCTS (CTPs)
Cellular and tissue-based products (CTPs) are types of wound dressings that actively promote healing by stimulating the patient’s own cells to regenerate healthy tissue. CTPs can help patients suffering from unrelenting ulcers get back on their feet more quickly than more conventional wound care techniques can.
When treating a wound using a CTP, your physician will typically apply and change the dressing on a regular basis.
There are multiple options for these products. You can decide which type of CTP will work best for you with your wound care specialist.
Patients suffering from a variety of types of wounds can benefit from negative pressure wound therapy to advance healing. Negative pressure wound therapy applies a vacuum dressing to increase blood flow to the area, as well as draw out any excess fluid from the wound. As a relatively non-invasive treatment option, many patients can be treated at home by a visiting home health care provider or in a local wound care clinic.
When receiving negative pressure therapy, the open wound is protected by a foam filter, and then dressed with a type of dressing that creates an airtight seal around the wound. A pump can be attached to this dressing, which then applies negative pressure to create a vacuum.
Negative pressure therapy increases blood flow to the wound by dilating the surrounding blood vessels. Importantly, this type of therapy can decrease the risk of wound infections by removing bacteria.