Published on November 04, 2013

Targeting slow-to-heal wounds

Advanced procedures target slow-to-heal wounds

Some chronic wounds need more than standard care. A wound that is not closing on its own or is resistant to standard treatment can mean constant pain and discomfort along with diminished quality of life. A persistent wound can also make you vulnerable to serious infection.

The Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbarics Center at Mercy Philadelphia offers the most sophisticated techniques to accelerate healing of chronic wounds. Combining the expertise of vascular surgeons, internal medicine specialists, podiatric physicians and nutritionists, the medical team is capable of treating the most complex cases.

“As an advanced center, we have all of the modalities available to treat wounds caused by diabetes, trauma and vascular disease,” says Joseph Rondeau, DPM, program director at the Center.

High-Tech Treatments

For patients with wounds that don’t respond to conventional treatments such as standard topical remedies and antibiotic therapy, the Center offers a wide array of treatments to help patients heal faster, save limbs and prevent wounds from recurring. Treatments include skin grafting, skin substitutes, dressings/compression wraps, vacuum-assisted closure and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, patients inhale pure oxygen in a pressurized environment. Oxygen travels from the lungs to the extremities, rejuvenating tissue and stimulating healing.

“If a wound is oxygen-deprived, then surface treatments won’t work,” says John B. Fobia, MD, vascular surgeon at Mercy Philadelphia and Mercy Fitzgerald. “When one is subjected to a hyperbaric oxygen environment, the tissues become oxygen-rich, and this is good in many ways,” he explains.

For more information about the Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbarics Center at Mercy Philadelphia, call 1.877.GO MERCY.