Advanced wound care saves limbs
8/2/2016 3:01 PM
Advanced wound care is necessary when wounds are having a hard time coming to closure. Some of the wounds we treat at the Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Institute for Advanced Wound Healing include:
· Diabetic foot ulcers
· Pressure ulcers
· Venous stasis ulcers
· Insect bites
· Surgical wounds that come open
We use a variety of treatment modalities to take care of wounds including removing dead tissue, applying topical dressings and using gradient compression wraps to control swelling.
Some of the more difficult wounds require hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which involves placing the patient inside of an acrylic chamber that is pressurized to two times that of atmospheric pressure. That’s like being at the bottom of a 33-foot swimming pool. Generally, these patients will undergo one treatment per day, 5 days per week. Depending on the severity of the wound, a patient will receive 10 to 50 treatments.
People who have diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, neuropathy or any other condition that hinders the normal healing process should never take a wound lightly. Diabetic foot ulcers are one of the most common types of wounds we see, and they can be limb threatening. A diabetic should always take a foot wound seriously. Even if it seems inconsequential at first, a foot ulcer can rapidly become infected because of continued pressure, walking and repeated trauma.
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