When Wounds Won't Heal
The Wound Healing Center at Winthrop-University Hospital provides patients with expert and specialized treatment of persistent wounds. Through the compassionate care, advanced technology and multidisciplinary approach that have become Winthrop's hallmark, the Wound Healing team can help put you on the road to recovery.
Using a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to diagnosis, treatment and prevention, they offer personalized care in a comforting, state-of-the-art outpatient facility. Here patients can rest assured that they have a professional partner who understands their special concerns and is committed to providing gold-standard care.
A Team Approach
The Wound Healing Center draws upon the expertise of vascular surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons, general surgeons, plastic surgeons, infectious disease specialists, internists and podiatrists. Nurses, medical assistants, diabetologists and orthotists work collaboratively with the medical staff. During the first visit, a medical history is taken, and a wound appraisal and physical examination are performed. Diagnostic testing, including ultrasound and blood flow assessment, may also be recommended. After a thorough review of observations and test results, an individualized treatment plan is developed to thoroughly address the underlying causes of your wound's failure to heal.
Complex Problems Require Comprehensive Care
Wound treatment is a complex process that requires time and significant collaboration across many specialties. As a major regional healthcare resource, Winthrop offers a full complement of diagnostic and treatment services coordinated by the Centerâ€™s team to maximize the potential for complete healing.
Treatment may include:
Sensitive to the prolonged pain and disability that many wound sufferers live with before visiting the Center, the team is attentive to patient comfort and committed to improving quality of life. From the moment a patient enters the Center, the staff is focused on supporting special needs, such as obtaining medical supplies, medication and home care when necessary.
- Vascular assessment and revascularization
- Infection control measures
- Proper wound dressing to promote healing
- Surgical debridement to accelerate healing
- Edema control
- Skin grafting, utilizing bioengineered skin that delivers growth factors to the wound
- Compression therapy
- Pressure relief using customized offloading devices
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
- Pain management
- Nutritional counseling
- Patient education and support groups