Sentara provides comprehensive wound healing treatments to patients suffering from non-healing or chronic wounds. Diseases such as diabetes or vascular problems, medications, infections and poor nutrition can prevent a wound from fully healing.
We offer wound healing for several types of chronic or non-healing wounds, including but not limited to:
- Leg ulcers, including venous and arterial ulcers
- Foot ulcers, diabetic and non-diabetic
- Surgical wounds that have opened or dehisced
- Non-healing skin grafts or surgical flaps
- Open wounds from radiation therapy
- Bone infection (called osteomyelitis)
- Acute traumatic and crush injuries
Our treatment plans are designed to complement the care your own physician provides. We work with your healthcare team to determine and provide the treatment plan that is right for you.
Wound healing treatments may include:
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
A medical treatment prescribed by a doctor to enhance the body’s natural healing process. During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you breathe 100 percent pure oxygen while inside a pressurized chamber. This "hyperbaric" (or high pressure) dose of oxygen helps your blood carry more oxygen to organs and tissues to promote wound healing.
Advanced wound care treatment/dressings, to include biological skin substitutions
Dressings/skin substitutions placed on top of the wound that interact with your body's own cells to enhance healing.
Infectious disease management
For infected wounds, your wound care doctor or an infectious disease specialist may prescribe antibiotics or surgical debridement (cleaning up the wound in the surgical suite).
If the doctor suspects that you have poor circulation, you will have a vascular specialist run further tests to determine the need for a procedure to restore circulation.
The clinic uses special assessment tools to check to see if you have any special diabetic or nutritional deficiencies and will refer you to someone if needed, for additional support/counseling.
Your wound care doctor will make sure that any pain related to your non-healing wound is minimized as much as possible.
For patients with diabetes, it is important that blood sugar levels remain in the normal range. You may be referred to a diabetes educator who will help you understand how to keep your blood sugar under control.