For most people, a minor wound equals minor concern. However, some people struggle with slow healing wounds such as diabetic ulcers and post-operative infections. If your wound isn’t healing the way it should, see a physician at your community hospital right away. The physician may refer you to a specialist at the hospital’s wound care center, who can help you learn about your treatment options.
Debridement is often the first step toward addressing a slow healing wound. At the hospital’s wound care center, the physician can remove dead tissue and foreign bodies from the site. Debridement may be performed more than once. This process helps the wound begin to heal. Additionally, debridement can help the physician detect other potential problems that can hinder healing, such as deep tissue infections.
After debridement, the wound care specialist can apply medications and wound dressings that encourage healing. For most chronic wounds, physicians may use a moisture-retentive dressing. It’s important to carefully follow your doctor’s instructions regarding when you should change the dressing and how to do so properly.
You may be a good candidate to receive skin grafts at your local hospital to resolve your slow healing wound. Skin grafts may consist of human skin grafts or bio-engineered skin grafts. These are particularly ideal for diabetic foot ulcers that do not respond to other treatment measures. After receiving a skin graft, you’re likely to find that the healing process is accelerated.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Your community hospital may offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy, another type of treatment for chronic wounds. This involves the administration of pure oxygen within a pressurized chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can encourage the healing of wounds by stimulating blood circulation to the area of injury.
Memorial Hospital of Tampa is pleased to provide sophisticated wound treatment options to families throughout South Tampa, including skin grafts, advanced wound dressings, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. At our community hospital, we regularly treat slow healing wounds, including diabetic ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, and radiation burns. Call our community hospital at (813) 873-6400 and let us know how we can restore you to wellness.