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Wound Healing

Wounds that fail to heal following four weeks of standard medical care are considered chronic wounds and have the potential to benefit from the specialized wound healing services offered at Finley Wound & Hyperbaric Center.

Types of Chronic Wounds

There are many types of chronic wounds, or wounds that don't heal through conventional treatment methods. The most common types of problem wounds include:

  • Patients with non healing wounds
  • Diabetic foot and ankle ulcers
  • Chronic venous stasis ulcers (leg ulcers)
  • Ischemic ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers (decubiti, bed sores)
  • Chronic osteomyelitis (bone infection)
  • Radiation-related tissue damage
  • Any ulcer or wound that persists 4 weeks or more despite medical care

What is the Connection Between Diabetes and Chronic Wounds?

Causes of Chronic Wounds

Most non-healing wounds are related to the following health conditions that block one or more of the main requirements for healing, including a good supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients:

  • Chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, cancer or AIDS
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Vascular disease
  • Venous thrombosis
  • Trauma
  • Obesity
  • Collagen vascular diseases
  • Complications associated with surgery and spinal cord injuries
  • Renal failure and dialysis
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and other lung diseases

How Does the Cardiovascular System Affect Wound Healing?

Wound Healing Services

The wound specialist at Finley offers individualized care designed to alleviate pain and discomfort and promote healing, including:

  • Vascular assessment
  • Nutritional assessment and intervention
  • Infection assessment
  • pain assessment and intervention
  • Advanced treatment, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Coordinated care between physical therapists and podiatrists
  • Compression therapy
  • Follow up care
  • Patient and family education

Healing starts at Finley Wound & Hyperbaric Center. Schedule your appointment to receive advanced care and treatment for chronic wounds. A physician's referral is not required.