Chronic wounds can negatively impact quality of life and lead to serious health complications. If you have a wound that won't heal on its own, our experts can help you find answers with experienced, compassionate care.
For most people, scrapes, cuts and minor burns result in acute wounds that heal within a few weeks. A chronic wound is any injury that takes longer than 30 days to heal.
Chronic wounds can develop or worsen for reasons including infection, lack of circulation, poor blood oxygenation, poor nutrition and unintentional side effects from other medical procedures.
We treat chronic wounds such as:
- Amputation complications.
- Arterial ulcers.
- Diabetic ulcers.
- Lymphedema ulcers.
- Non-healing wounds, including those caused by chronic illness.
- Podiatry issues.
- Pressure ulcers or bed sores.
- Trauma wounds.
- Venous stasis ulcers.
Our approach to chronic wound care
Chronic wound care at MU Health Care goes beyond the wound itself. Our multidisciplinary team of experts will assess any underlying conditions that might slow or prevent the body's ability to heal wounds. Then we will provide specialty care and support when necessary.
Treating chronic wounds
Based on the patient's diagnosis and an individual evaluation of past health history, current medical conditions and personal preferences, our wound care team develops personalized treatment plans to care for chronic wounds.
One form of therapy that can help chronic wounds heal faster is hyperbaric oxygen therapy. By spending time in a specially designed chamber filled with pure oxygen, your blood vessels can more efficiently move oxygen to your wounds.
Support for chronic wound patients
Follow-up care for chronic wounds is personalized based on the patient's health history and treatment. Our team helps patients coordinate care and ensures necessary supplies are available. These plans are established the day of the visit so our patients understand the next steps and know the details of their next follow-up appointment.