Expert-Care for Non-Healing Wounds
Come to the Washington Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Open House On Oct. 22
t of the time, the human body can heal wounds on its own with a little self-help in the form of keeping the wound clean and properly dressed. For some people, though, various factors such as circulatory problems, diabetes and infections can disrupt the healing process, and their wounds become chronic.
"A chronic wound is usually defined as one that has not healed within six weeks," says plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Prasad Kilaru, medical director of the Washington Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine. "In some cases, however, patients should not wait six weeks before seeking treatment. For example, if they are elderly or if they have diabetes, poor blood circulation or an infection of a wound, it's advisable to start treatment before a wound becomes chronic."
The Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine specializes in determining why difficult wounds aren't healing and what treatments may be required to promote faster healing and avoid further complications. The center also provides expert care for serious acute wounds and burns. In addition to Dr. Kilaru, the multi-disciplinary team of wound-care experts at the Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine includes vascular surgeons, a general surgeon, a podiatrist, an infectious disease physician and a urologist. The center's nurses and medical technicians all have extensive, specific training in wound treatment.
The Washington Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine is having an Open House on Tuesday, October 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. Drop by and tour the facility, meet our staff and learn about when you should see a wound care specialist. Anyone with diabetes, neuropathy, poor circulation or a non-healing wound is encouraged to attend. The seminar will be held at 39141 Civic Center Dr., Suite 106, in Fremont. Registration is required. Call (510) 248-1518 to reserve your seat.
Dr. Kilaru notes that the three most common types of chronic wounds treated at the center include:
- Diabetic ulcers, particularly on the lower legs and feet
- Ulcers related to blood circulation problems
- Pressure ulcers, also known as "bed sores"
Some other less-common wounds treated at the center include wounds resulting from complications of radiation therapy for cancer, non-healing surgical sites for skin grafts or other reconstructive surgeries, infections in the bone known as osteomylitis, and wounds complicated by an autoimmune disorder called vasculitis that causes inflammation of the blood vessels.
"We provide the most advanced therapies available for wound care," says Dr. Kilaru. "For example, our hyperbaric oxygen therapy can make a big difference in patients who have a compromised blood supply, providing 100 percent pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber to stimulate faster healing. Additional advances in wound therapies include the use of growth factors and cultured skin substitutes that can be used to replace and heal injured skin."
For more information about the Washington Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine, visit www.whhs.com/wound. To schedule a regular appointment, call 888-44-WOUND (888-449-6863).
Free Foot Wound Screening in November
You can get your feet checked out at a free Foot Screening and consultation sponsored by the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine on Saturday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration for the screening is required. Call (510) 248-1518 to make your appointment.
The screening will be held at the Center, which is near Washington Hospital, at 39141 Civic Center Drive, Suite 106, in Fremont.
"The free Foot Screening is our way of giving back to the community and educating residents about proper foot care and how to treat potential or early problems before they become major difficulties," Dr. Kilaru explained.
At the screening, members of the wound care clinic's highly trained clinical team, including physicians and nurses, will check for problems with a patient's feet or lower legs. The screening is not a full physical examination and no treatment, such as prescriptions or dressings, will be provided. If foot problems are detected, the doctors and nurses will offer advice and referrals for follow-up care. Depending on the type of problem, patients may need to see a podiatrist or vascular surgeon, or they may need to seek treatment at the wound care clinic.