Jane Alworth-Menta has weathered many storms, both literally and figuratively. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and underwent a mastectomy. Last October, five years after she lost her breast to cancer, Jane traveled to New Orleans for reconstructive surgery. The surgery went well. The only hitch was that, just a day after she was discharged, Jane had to be evacuated from her New Orleans hotel because a hurricane was moving up the coast and they were taking every precaution.
Back home, Jane was receiving treatment for her lymphedema, a chronic condition many breast cancer patients develop, and her therapist noticed that the wound from the reconstructive surgery hadn’t closed and was in fact opening again. Ready to weather another storm, Jane took her referral and went to the Wound Treatment Center in Melville.
The staff at the Wound Treatment Center developed a treatment plan that called for Jane to make weekly visits for treatment. For a little over three months, Jane went to the Melville office for her weekly treatment, cheered by the support of the staff.
“They were wonderful, so helpful. The nurses were kind, answering all of my questions, and they were so knowledgeable, she recalls. “Dr. (Hillard) Warm made me so comfortable and assured me from the very beginning that everything was going to be okay. I believed him."
Together, the team healed the wound. Another storm passed.
Retired police officer Frank Gennari was searching hunting spots in Pennsylvania last fall when he tripped over a log and severely injured his leg. Never one to tread lightly, Frank got up with every intention of continuing with his trip. What he didn’t realize was that the neuropathy he’d developed after major back surgery left his leg too numb to register the degree of injury. Luckily, his hunting buddy urged him to get medical attention for the injury, which he did at a local Pennsylvania hospital.
When he returned home, his leg wasn’t much better and he found that the initial treatment of his wound wasn’t sufficient. He consulted orthopedist Richard Legouri, MD, who referred Frank to the Wound Treatment Center.
“The cut was so deep you could actually see the bone and it was already turning green, Frank recalls. “When I got to the Wound Treatment Center, Dr. Harold Joseph spent two hours cleaning and treating my wound."
Dr. Joseph took care of the immediate danger, but Frank still had work ahead of him. For his wound to properly heal, Frank was treated at the Wound Treatment Center by Dr. Warm weekly. On December 1, 2012, he was set-up at home with a specialized negative pressure wound therapy device that promoted healthy tissue growth.
For Frank, an active member of the Blue Knights motorcycle club, not being able to drive was a real sacrifice, but he understood the need.
“The alternative was losing my leg."
What helped was how quickly he could see the progress. “In one week’s time, I was amazed how much tissue was generated," he said.
He found that the weekly visits to the Wound Treatment Center weren’t a hardship either. “As soon as I got there, it was absolutely great. I never had to wait, they were always ready for me, and by New Year’s Eve, he turned the machine off for good."
Frank believes that had he not gone to the Wound Treatment Center, he might not be back on his feet, or his bike, or in the hunt.