Published on September 04, 2012

Q&A: Wound care

with podiatrist Dr. Joseph Rondeau

Joseph RondeauJoseph Rondeau, DPM, is a board-certified surgeon specializing in podiatric surgery. He is in the business of healing wounds—and not just any wounds. He specializes in healing open lesions, ulcers and abscesses that won’t respond to standard remedies. Without proper care, these woundscan lead to life- or limb-threatening infection.

Q. What drew you to specialize in wound care?

By joining Mercy Philadelphia’s Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbarics Center—as opposed to a private practice—I can give my patients access to the most sophisticated treatments. These modalities achieve the best results in the shortest period of time. I also enjoy teaching patients about wound prevention.

Q. How do your patients respond?

It’s very positive. The first thing we do, after evaluating a patient, is explain that healing may take weeks or possibly months, but we do have a regimen for recovery. For some patients, who have suffered too much pain for too long, it’s the first time they’ve had hope in quite a while.

Q. How do your patients handle the time commitment?

We do see patients frequently—sometimes daily, so many patients begin to see us as family. We know their schedules, their lifestyle and probably what they ate for breakfast. It adds something special to the healing process.

Q. What are the challenges you face?

We have a phenomenal team of wound specialists and the latest technology, so I’d say our greatest challenge is advising some of our patients that fashion shoes are now off-limits. This most often pertains to busy career women in overall great health who develop chronic venous ulcers on the ankle. We have to gently break it to them that there can be no more 3-inch heels. That can be a challenge!