If a wound doesn’t improve after four weeks, or does not heal within eight weeks, it is considered a non-healing wound and specialized wound care may be necessary. Non-healing wounds can cause deeper skin erosion, infection and complications which can be damaging to organs and limbs, and even be life threatening. An estimated 6.7 million Americans suffer from a non-healing wound consisting of mostly cardiac patients, diabetics, amputees, surgical patients, cancer survivors and others. Among the most commonly treated wounds are those sustained from an acute injury, surgical wounds, diabetic wounds and pressure sores.
HyperHeal offers specialized, outpatient care for non-healing wounds, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Our team of doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses provide treatments to promote healing of chronic wounds and help patients recover as quickly as possible.
Wounds do not have any visible skins cuts. However, the skin covering the wound can be remarkably different from the surrounding area. The differences may be changes in temperature, firmness, or color of the skin. The wound may also be pain or itchy.
The topmost layers of skin is severed(epidermis and dermis). There may be some drainage.
Stage 3 wounds are deeper than stage 2 wounds. They typically go down to to the “fat” layer(subcutaneous), but do not extend any further. There may be dead tissue and drainage.
Stage 4 wounds are very serious. These wounds are characterized by going as far down as the bone and muscle. Dead tissue and drainage are almost always present.
Example reflects wound progression for a pressure ulcer.
HyperHeal’s wound healing centers are designed specifically for evaluation and treatment of chronic, non-healing wounds and a range of other conditions. Chronic wounds are sometimes caused by trauma resulting from accidents and falls, but are often associated with underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, smoking, clogging of the arteries, and diseases of the veins (eg. PAD-peripheral arterial disease). Thousands of amputations each year are the result of foot ulcers that plague one out of every seven people with diabetes.
Our outpatient center brings together a variety of specialists: hyperbaric oxygen specialists, vascular, plastic and general surgeons, internal medicine experts, family practitioners, and podiatrists all collaborate on patient care. Many physicians’ offices are not equipped with the special supplies and medications used to treat different types of problem wounds. In addition, a wound that does not heal quickly or appropriately may signal a serious, underlying medical problem. At HyperHeal, our physicians specialize in sorting out the underlying causes that keep chronic wounds from healing.
Using advanced technologies and interventions, the physicians and staff effectively treat the most difficult wounds and manage the individual needs of each patient.
An acute wound is an injury to the skin that occurs suddenly rather than over time. It heals at a predictable and expected rate according to the normal wound healing process. Acute wounds can happen anywhere on the body and vary from superficial scratches to deep wounds damaging blood vessels, nerves, muscles or other body parts.
A chronic wound develops when any acute wound fails to heal in the expected time frame for that type of wound, which might be a couple of weeks or up to six weeks depending on severity.
There are many causes for chronic wounds. Most common causes include: diabetes, poor circulation, too much pressure from sitting or lying down, and surgical wounds.
At HyperHeal we have a highly qualified and well-respected team of podiatrists, plastic surgeons, internal medicine providers, vascular surgeons and geriatricians who will assess your wound and determine the best course of action. This may include:
People with diabetes have a higher risk for getting chronic, non-healing foot wounds. People may also be at risk if they:
If left untreated, a chronic wound can lead to gangrene, infection, or worse, amputation.
If in doubt about the seriousness of the wound, people should consult their doctor. There are some good indications whether the wound is serious or not.
Talk with your doctor or call us directly at 410-433-4300. You can select the location closest to home. HyperHeal has offices in Rosedale, Glen Burnie, Cockeysville, and Towson.
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