Slow-healing wounds cause pain and stop you from enjoying your daily activities — and those aren’t the most worrisome problems. At their worst, chronic wounds lead to severe complications like bone infections and amputation. Ashley Huddleston, MD, Autumn Savage, DO, CWS-P, and the exceptional team at Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas, take proactive steps to accelerate wound healing. They offer comprehensive care that encompasses nutrition, advanced dressings, and specialized treatments such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy. To schedule a wound care evaluation, call or book an appointment online today.
Severe wounds and wounds that develop an infection need professional wound care. You also need skilled treatment for a wound that doesn’t heal.
As a general guideline, you have a chronic wound or non-healing wound when it hasn’t started to heal in two weeks or fails to completely heal in six weeks.
However, if you develop an ulcer on your lower leg or foot, you shouldn’t wait to see if it heals. Ulcers don’t heal on their own; they only get progressively worse and cause complications.
A few of the wounds frequently treated at Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine include:
Non-healing wounds can take months to heal. The longer the wound persists, the more you’re at risk for serious infections that can invade the surrounding skin and bones. In the most severe cases, chronic wounds lead to amputation.
The following symptoms indicate your wound isn’t healing properly or you have an infection:
If you develop any of these symptoms, call Wound Evolution for immediate wound care.
Chronic wounds need intensive treatment that begins with a thorough assessment. The team at Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine reviews your medical history, performs a physical exam, and carefully evaluates the size and depth of your wound.
In many cases, they perform diagnostic testing to identify the underlying cause of your wound and to look for potential complications like bone infections. You may need to have blood tests, vascular studies, ultrasound, transcutaneous oxygen testing, and diagnostic imaging such as an MRI, CT scan, or X-rays.
Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine uses advanced therapies to stabilize your wound and promote healing. They choose one of many possible specialized dressings and offer a wide range of essential wound care therapies, including:
Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine provides holistic wound care, recommending dietary or lifestyle changes as needed to promote healing. Nutritional counseling is a vital aspect of wound care because your body needs more nutrients than normal to support wound healing.
The team also teaches you how to change your dressing and care for your wound at home so you can continue to maintain an optimal healing environment.
If you need wound care, call Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine or book an appointment online today.