The Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center
Every year, approximately seven million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds and ulcers. Dealing with a wound can be frustrating and can restrict the performance of daily activities. Left untreated, these wounds can lead to more serious life-changing health conditions such as amputation.
A chronic or non-healing wound is defined as a sore or wound that has not shown improvement from conventional treatments – such as over-the-counter medications and home remedies – in four weeks.
Common causes of non-healing wounds are often associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, reaction to radiation therapy, traumatic injury, and immobilization. Additionally non-healing wounds of the lower leg and feet are one of the most significant complications of diabetes.
The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center of Memorial Hospital treats many different types of wounds including:
• Diabetic ulcers
• Arterial/ischemic wounds
• Pressure ulcers
• Aytpical inflammatory wounds
• Post-surgical wounds
• Radiation soft-tissue injuries and complications
• Venous stasis ulcers
• Neuropathic ulcers
• Traumatic wounds
Personal treatment plans are developed for each patient, and hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is one of the specialized treatment options offered to promote healing for the most difficult wounds. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves exposing the body to 100 percent oxygen at a pressure that is greater than what you normally experience, which can often speed the healing process.
The Wound Care Center is now under the medical directorship of Dr. Kareem A. Hamdy, Chief of Surgery at Memorial Hospital. The wound clinic boasts a team of multidisciplinary professionals, including registered nurses and therapists, trained in diabetic teaching, wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Leveraging the team’s combined experience and Dr. Hamdy's focus on providing exceptional quality, evidence-based medical and surgical care, the Wound Care Center offers our community university-quality healthcare here at home.
“If you are concerned about a wound that may not be healing, talk to your doctor right away or call our office in order to maximize the chances for complete healing,” said Dr. Hamdy. “The earlier we start treating a wound, the faster and better the outcome.”
Contact the Wound Center if you or your loved one is experiencing the following:
- Wounds that have not made progress to heal in two weeks or completely heal in four weeks (commonly experienced by people with diabetes or vascular issues)
- Sores accompanied by increasing pain, redness or swelling, foul odor, or change in color
- Surgical wounds that have become infected
The Wound Center accepts Medicare and most all private insurance plans. Patients may self refer.
Call the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center of Memorial Hospital at 276-634-4977.
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