Published on September 04, 2012

Wound Warriors

Mercy Vascular Center targets the cause of chronic wounds

To the casual observer, all wounds are external—an open sore on the skin’s surface. But some chronic wounds can be traced to internal issues. The specialists at Mercy Philadelphia’s Vascular Center are skilled at finding and treating the internal cause of a wound—increasing the likelihood of successful healing.

Blood carries healing oxygen and nutrients to a wound, and when blood flow is compromised, perhaps by diabetes, vascular disease or an infection, the wound only becomes worse. “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. “You have to fix the underlying cause, so that healing can begin.” Mercy Vascular Center physicians start by examining the patient to see if poor blood circulation due to blocked or damaged arteries is preventing wound recovery.

In the flow

If poor circulation is found to be the culprit, the Vascular Center offers non-invasive outpatient procedures to restore healthy blood flow, Dr. Fobia explains. These outpatient treatments require sedation and no hospital stay. Angioplasty, for instance, is a common outpatient procedure using a tiny, removable balloon followed by placement of a stent to widen a narrowed or obstructed artery. Once blood flow is restored, surface treatment of the wound can begin.


Ask us about the Mercy Philadelphia Vascular Center. Call 215.748.9334.