Types of Wounds Treated
The Wound Treatment Center at Mather Hospital offers comprehensive treatment programs for patients suffering with non-healing or chronic wounds. These are generally defined as wounds that have not responded to treatment after 3-4 weeks.
Types of wounds treated at the Wound Treatment Center are:
Arterial ulcers: Resulting from an inadequate blood supply, these wounds may begin with a small scratch. Because the blood supply isn’t adequate, proper healing does not take place and an ulcer develops.
Diabetic foot ulcer: Those with diabetes may experience ulcerations on the foot caused by by a break in the top layer of the skin, which can develop due to loss of sensation (neuropathy) and poor circulation. Early treatment is important as diabetes can slow the healing process.
Pressure ulcers: More commonly known as bedsores, those with limited mobility are at risk.
Venous ulcers: Caused by venous reflux, a condition of improperly working veins and blood flowing backward, venous ulcers are generally found in the leg between the knee and ankle. The inadequate circulation prevents fresh blood from getting to the tissue around the affected veins, allowing toxins to remain in the tissue and sometimes causing ulcers.