Approximately five million Americans suffer from chronic wounds that won't heal. A chronic wound is a wound that does not heal in an expected way and in a predictable amount of time as most wounds. As a result, the wounds can become infected, requiring amputation in extreme cases, if not treated in a timely and effective manner. There are many types of chronic wounds and many causes and treatments for chronic wounds.
We answer some of the frequently asked questions about wound care.
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Treating Complex Wounds
The Tallahassee Memorial Wound Healing Center offers a team of specialists with leading-edge training in therapies designed to heal a wide variety of wounds, such as:
- Active Treatment Modalities: Chronic Ulcers
- Bone Infection
- Chronic, Slow and Non-Healing Wounds
- Diabetic Foot Ulcers
- Failed or Compromised Skin Grafts
- Limb Salvage: Understanding the Impact of Peripheral Arterial Disease
- Post-Operation Wounds or Infections
- Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores) Treatment & Prevention
- Radiation Burns
- Skin Tears or Lacerations
- Tissue Altered by Radiation Therapy
- Venous Leg Ulcers Diagnosis and Treatment
Advanced Treatment Options
Our team of medical experts will create a customized treatment plan to meet your individual needs. Your treatment plan will be overseen by one of our staff physicians and a nurse case manager and may include:
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO)
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) uses pure oxygen and increased atmospheric pressure to deliver more oxygen to the blood stream and encourage wounds to heal. Patients receive treatment while they relax in a transparent, cylindrical chamber, which allows the body to kill germs and promote healing. It is typically used to treat diabetic ulcers, circulatory disorders, compromised skin grafts, cyanide or carbon monoxide poisoning, and bone infections.
- Wound Dressings
- Specific wound-care products will be chosen for your wound depending on your needs. Proper dressing can go a long way to promote healing.
- Wound debridement
- This minor surgical procedure enhances the growth of healthy tissues in the wound, creating an environment that leads to healing.
- Transcutaneous oxygen monitoring
- This test records the level of oxygen available to your wound. The more oxygen your wound receives, the quicker the healing.
- Doppler evaluation of pulses
- This technique measures the blood flow available to bring nutrients and medications to the wound. The better the blood flow is, the quicker healing will occur. Our physicians will also use the latest monitoring techniques to measure your progress.
- Physical or Occupational Therapies
- Laboratory and/or Radiology Testing
- Nutritional Management
- Pain Management
- Diabetes Education
Admission to the Wound Healing Center
You can be admitted to the Wound Healing Center through a referral from your primary care physician or self referral. To inquire about scheduling an appointment, call us at 850-431-HEAL (4325).