The Healing Process
The first step of the wound healing process is to find the underlying problem. Most wounds, such as leg and foot sores, can be caused by a combination of problems. These include but are not limited to:
- poor circulation
- leg ulcers
- and other medical problems.
Our goal is to identify your individual needs so that together we can heal the wound, relieve pain, help you regain a high quality of life, and keep the wound from returning. Persistence and dedication are key, as up to 30 percent of patients with diabetes will develop reoccurring wounds.
A wound re-infection occurs when bacteria grows within the damaged skin of
a wound. There are many symptoms that may occur because of this, such as
increasing pain, swelling, and redness.
It is common for people to begin treating minor wound infections at home; however, those with severe wound infections should seek medical attention at the nearest hospital.
You may want to seek medical
- The wound is large, deep, or has jagged edges (the edges of the wound do not stay together).
- Symptoms of infection occur, such as fever, increasing pain or redness, or discharge from the wound.
- It is not possible
to clean the wound or remove all debris, such as glass or gravel.
- The cause of the wound was a bite or an injury from a dirty, rusty, or contaminated object.
How to start healing
If you have a wound you are ready to start healing, the first step is to call our office.
- Generally, the physician presently treating your wound will refer you to our Center. You can also schedule an appointment directly with us.
- When you call for your first appointment, we'll ask you a few questions about your wound and health in general.
- We will then conduct tests as needed to tell us more about your blood flow and tissue oxygenation, as well as to determine if there is any infection present.
- Together with your physician, we'll develop a treatment program based on our assessment of your special needs. Your program will likely involve regular visits to our wound center. Your progress is meticulously documented and adjusted as necessary.
- We are in constant communication with your doctor throughout your care. Once your wound is healed, you'll return to your doctor for follow-up care. And of course, you'll continue with your personal doctor for any related ailments like diabetes and hypertension.
Your role in healing
Much of the success of your treatment depends on you, but don't worry, we've got a strong support team to help you reach your goal.
We'll count on you to follow directions carefully and watch your progress closely.
We'll teach you about caring for your wound at home, including how to change dressings, and how to protect yourself from further injuries.
We're always here to answer questions and give you the support you need to heal.
We heal wounds
Its what we're here to help you with. Our results are impressive, with most chronic and acute wounds improving within weeks, In fact, we've been able to heal 80% of wounds resistant to traditional treatment in 12-16 weeks.
We even have a special hyperbaric oxygen therapy bed to help you heal.