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
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
- 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.