Types of Wounds

Please Note: If you notice signs of infection, increased temperature, odor, increased drainage, increased pain, coolness or heat at the site of the wound, seek medical attention immediately.

Comprehensive wound management requires a physician-driven, multidisciplinary approach that directs critical resources required for evaluation and treatment to patients suffering from a non-healing wound. St.Vincent’s Wound Healing Center provides highly specialized care for a variety of wounds including burns, surgical wounds, traumatic wounds, and other chronic non-healing wounds.

Over the past year, we have successfully healed over 2,000 chronic, non-healing wounds with 89% of those being healed in less than 60 days. Some of the chronic wounds treated at the St.Vincent Wound Healing Center include:

  • Diabetic or Neuropathic Ulcers – 15% of diabetic patients develop foot ulcers every year. It is essential that these patients receive appropriate care early to reduce the risk of amputation and preventing recurrent ulceration.
  • Pressure Ulcers (Bedsores) – This type of wound develops when skin is squeezed between a bone and an external surface, such as a bed or wheelchair. They are most likely to occur at the tailbone, heels, elbows, shoulder blades, knees, ankles, spine, or the back of the head. Pressure ulcers are most common in people who have difficulty walking and for those who are bedridden or wheelchair-bound.
  • Vascular Ulcers – Caused by poor circulation, this type of chronic wound occurs in the lower legs between the ankles and the knees, as well as the feet. They develop when blood pools in the legs because of damaged valves in the veins. The legs may swell, feel hardened, or become discolored. These wounds are usually very painful and require immediate treatment to determine if it is possible to save the limb.
  • Arterial Ulcers – These wounds occur as a result of sustained venous hypertension, caused by venous insufficiency. They can occur anywhere, but are frequently seen on the top of the foot and front of the leg. These wounds are cool to the touch and are very painful and the skin looks shiny, thin, and dry. Loss of hair on the legs and toes also occurs.
  • Other Non-Healing Chronic Wounds – These wounds consist of dehiscence (splitting open) of surgical wounds, venous wounds, radiation tissue damage, malignancy, gangrene, burns, necrotizing (flesh eating) spider bites, necrotizing fasciitis, and wounds caused by trauma.

If any of these types of wound appear, notify your physician or contact St.Vincent Wound Healing Center at (317) 338-9000.