Excela Advanced Wound Center
Most people are accustomed to dealing with small cuts and scrapes at home, treating them with some over-the-counter topical disinfectant and a bandage. But more serious wounds may require a visit to the doctor. Any injury that breaks the skin can technically be considered a wound. It opens the skin up and makes it vulnerable to dirt, germs and bacteria.
Wounds that just won’t heal can create additional problems, especially for people with diabetes. The Excela Advanced Wound Center team includes staff specially trained in wound care as well as podiatrists, vascular and general surgeons, a pulmonologist and internists. They share their knowledge and expertise to address patient problems and apply state-of-the-art treatments to promote healing.
Most basically, acute wounds, such as an abrasion, a cut, bite, laceration or surgical wounds, among others, generally heal within a predicted time frame and with proper care. On the other end of the spectrum is the chronic wound, a wound that does not heal within that prescribed time and may take months or years to heal or may never heal with standard therapy, often causing an individual physical and/or emotional stress. Any acute wound can progress to a chronic wound if it does not heal within the expected time frame or as a result of poor blood supply, oxygen, nutrients or hygiene. Nonhealing wounds should be properly treated to avoid infection, inflammation or constant pressure.
What Causes Chronic Wounds?
Some typical causes of chronic wounds may include:
- Poor circulation
- Vascular disease
- Repeated trauma
- Difficulty moving
- Radiation injury
Types of Wounds We Treat:
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Venous ulcers
- Pressure ulcers, known more commonly as bed sores
- Arterial ulcers,
- Non-healing trauma or surgical wounds
- Delayed radiation injuries
- Second and third degree burns
- Chronic osteomyelitis, which is an inflammation of bone and bone marrow, usually caused by bacteria.