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, including bone infections and, in some cases, amputation. The exceptional team at Wound Evolution in Fort Worth, Dallas, San Antonio, Texas, and Overland Park, Kansas, take proactive steps to accelerate wound healing. They offer comprehensive care that encompasses nutrition, advanced dressings, and specialized treatments such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Call or book an appointment online today to schedule a wound care evaluation.

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When Do I Need Professional Wound Care?

It is important to have wounds evaluated by a professional as soon as possible. Severe wounds and wounds that develop an infection need professional wound care to heal properly.

You also need skilled treatment for a wound that is not healing or has not healed properly.

As a general guideline, you have a chronic 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.

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What Types of Wounds Need Professional Wound Care?

There is a wide range of wounds that require professional treatment. A few of the wounds frequently treated at Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine include:

  • Diabetic wounds or foot ulcers
  • Venous leg ulcers
  • Arterial ulcers
  • Infected wounds
  • Pressure sores
  • Surgical wound complications

Non-healing wounds can take months to heal. The longer the wound persists, the more you’re at risk of severe infections that can invade the surrounding skin and bones. In the most severe cases, chronic wounds lead to amputation.

What Symptoms Indicate I Need Wound Care?

The exact symptoms of a wound requiring care can vary based on the type and severity.

If you are unsure about a wound, it is important to exercise good judgment and seek care as quickly as possible to prevent further complications. 

The following symptoms indicate your wound isn’t healing properly or you have an infection:

  • Fever
  • Foul odor
  • Drainage from the wound
  • Thick, discolored discharge
  • Swelling and redness
  • Pain that doesn’t improve or gets worse
  • Red blotches or streaks spreading from the wound
  • Dark or blue color around the wound’s edges

If you develop any of these symptoms, contact the specialists at Wound Evolution for immediate wound care.

Your Diagnosis at Wound Evolution

Chronic wounds require intensive treatment that begins with a thorough assessment by one of our highly-trained providers.

When you arrive for your appointment, the team at Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine will review your medical history, perform a physical exam, and carefully evaluate the size and depth of your wound.

In many cases, our providers will perform diagnostic testing to identify your wound's underlying cause and look for potential complications such as bone infections. You may also need blood tests, vascular studies, ultrasound, transcutaneous oxygen testing, and diagnostic imaging such as an MRI, CT scan, or X-rays. These tests allow your provider to assess if the wound has inflicted further damage that may not be visible to the naked eye.

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What Treatments Are Available at Would Evolution

Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine use advanced therapies to stabilize your wound and promote healing.

Our providers can choose one of many possible specialized dressings and offer a wide range of essential wound care therapies, including:

  • Infection management
  • Wound debridement
  • Bioengineered skin grafts
  • Compression therapy
  • Pressure off-loading
  • Periwound skin management
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy 

During your treatment, you may receive a combination of therapies in order to help heal the wound, stop additional damage, and treat any infections present. 

Wound Care at Home

Most wounds require follow-up care or at-home treatment to continue healing properly. This also may include making lifestyle changes. Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine provide 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. Our team of specialists 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.

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Schedule Your Appointment

When you have a wound, it is important to have it evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible. Working with a professional can help ensure your wound is healing properly and does not spread or affect other areas of the body. If you need wound care, call Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine or book an appointment online today.

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