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Wound and Hyperbarics FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I know if I have a chronic, non-healing wound?
If your wound has not improved significantly in four weeks or has not completed the healing process in eight weeks, it should be considered a chronic wound and at risk for prolonged non-healing. If you have diabetes, arterial disease, chronic edema (swelling) of the lower extremities, or a history of collagen vascular disease affecting your connective tissue—such as scleroderma (hardening or tightening of the skin or connective tissues) or rheumatoid arthritis—you should seek early referral to specialized wound care.
How do I seek treatment?
If you’re suffering from a non-healing wound, talk with your primary care physician about a referral to specialized wound care.
How long will it take to heal?
The length of time to heal will depend on the type and location of the wound, the medical conditions complicating healing, and your general health and nutrition. The frequency of your visits will be based on your personal plan of care.
What are the causes of chronic wounds?
Most chronic wounds are associated with diabetes, immobilization, chronic edema, and circulatory problems. Many Americans with non-healing wounds have diabetes and/or pressure ulcers. And, lower extremity ulcers can develop in patients who have chronic venous insufficiency and stasis. Other chronic wounds are the result of traumatic injury, non-healing surgical incisions, and a variety of other diseases that affect the skin.
What can I do to help with healing?
Taking good care of your general health and following the recommendations of your wound treatment team can help you heal. Wearing compression stockings or wraps, using special footwear, and avoiding any pressure on the wound area are some examples of special instructions you may receive. Following the instructions provided by our staff is essential for successful outcomes.
Why is a special center for treating wounds beneficial?
A special center, like St. Luke’s Clinic – Wound and Hyperbarics, serves patients who require specialized and aggressive care that typically can’t be provided in traditional medical settings. Published medical and nursing evidence suggests that specialized centers for treating wounds improve outcomes by providing early and coordinated access to the full range of medical, surgical, and nursing interventions that may be required.

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