Dealing with a wound that won’t heal can have a huge impact on your daily life. The discomfort can bother you all day and even keep you up at night. And it can keep you from enjoying the activities you love, adding an emotional burden to the physical discomfort.
If you have a wound that hasn’t begun to heal, ask your doctor about the Clark Memorial Wound Healing Center. And don’t delay. The longer a wound refuses to heal, the harder it is to heal.
Why would I need wound care?
In a typical situation, your body heals and repairs injured tissue. But sometimes a medical condition prevents oxygen and nutrients from reaching a wound, which slows the healing process.
Wound care is used in a lot of situations, including
- Diabetic wounds
- Surgical wounds that have opened (or “dehisced”)
- Wounds caused by poor circulation (arterial and venous insufficiency)
- Skin damage or wounds caused by radiation treatment possibly even many years ago that is now causing the skin and tissue to “break down”
- Skin grafts or surgical flaps that are non-healing
- Pressure ulcers
- Bone infection (osteomyelitis)
- Crush injuries
- Damage to internal tissue
How can a wound healing center help?
Our wound care team works with you to determine the underlying reason your would is not healing so we can create a personalized treatment plan.
First steps in your plan may include lab tests, medical imaging and testing, among others. Treatment of your condition may involve deep tissue cleaning, surgery, and proper use of specialized dressings.
In some cases, a wound doesn’t respond to the initial treatment plan. That’s when an additional treatment called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may used as an option to further enhance the healing process. This treatment will be available at the Clark Memorial Wound Healing Center in Fall 2017.
The Clark Memorial Wound Healing Center takes a team approach with your wound healing treatment plan. Based on your needs, the team may include doctors and staff members from specialties such as:
- Plastic surgery
- Infectious disease
- Physical therapy
- Diabetes education
Does insurance cover wound healing services?
Most insurance plans include wound care treatment. Coverage depends on your specific plan. Please bring your insurance information with you on your first visit.
How long will it take for my wound to heal?
Once treatment has started, most non-healing wounds take 6-8 weeks to heal. However, everyone’s situation is unique, so your wound may take a little bit longer.
As with any other condition, you can accelerate your recovery by watching for other pressure areas, keeping wounded areas clean and bandaged, choosing a healthy diet and making regular appointments to check your progress.
Say hello to healing.
To get started, call the Clark Memorial Wound Healing Center at (812) 283-2850
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