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Wound Healing

Difficult-to-heal or chronic wounds, those that don't improve after 30 or more days of care, require advanced treatment. This advanced wound care is available at Kettering Health Network Wound Centers.

Who is at risk?

Difficult-to-heal wounds can result from traumatic injuries, diabetes, radiation tissue damage, rheumatoid arthritis, congestive heart failure, and many conditions that reduce blood flow to parts of your body. The following conditions put a person at risk for developing non healing ulcers:

  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral arterial disease
    When the arteries are blocked and cannot bring enough blood to legs and feet, the nutrients and oxygen needed for healing do not reach the wound.
  • Venous insufficiency
    The veins taking blood away from the legs do not function properly and blood backs up, seeps out into the skin tissues causing chronic swelling of the legs and weakness of the skin.
  • Chronic swelling of the legs for other reasons such as CHF, Lymphedema
  • Immobility

  • Diabetic lower extremity ulcers
  • Venous leg ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Infected wounds
  • Complicated/non healing surgical or trauma wounds
  • Chronic bone infections
  • Radiation wounds

Kettering Health Network's wound healing programs use the newest clinical tools as well as tried-and-true clinical treatments, including:

  • Comprehensive evaluation of ulcers and wounds
  • Circulation testing (adequate blood flow)
  • Removing compromised tissue (debridement)
  • Advanced wound care dressings
  • Advanced skin grafting
  • Boots or casting to relieve pressure (off-loading)
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Amputation prevention (chronic and critical limb ischemia)
  • Products for healing at home
  • Wound VAC (Vacuum-Assisted Closure) therapy

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