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Wound care

Wound care involves medical interventions to heal a wound after injury. Specialized treatment is provided for wounds that are nonhealing or refuse to heal on their own. A vital aspect of treatment includes learning how to properly dress and care for a wound.

Wound care specialists in Wichita

The Mid-West Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Wesley Medical Center has been dedicated to caring for patients with non-healing wounds since 1986.

Our wound care specialists in Wichita use the most advanced wound treatments to treat all types of chronic wounds.

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For more information about wound care at Wesley Healthcare, please call.

For more information about wound care at Wesley Healthcare, please call.

Wounds that have not shown signs of healing after four or more weeks of medical care are considered chronic and would likely benefit from our specialized treatments.

Our wound care specialists evaluate your wound to determine factors that may be affecting the healing process. An individualized plan is developed based on your assessment. The assessment includes:

  • A detailed medical history evaluation and physical exam
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Transcutaneous oxygen measurements to test for tissue oxygenation
  • Ankle-brachial index to help determine if peripheral arterial disease is present
  • Evaluation of pressure relief methods
  • Consultations with your family physician and with surgical subspecialists, if needed, to ensure comprehensive care

Types of wounds we treat

Our wound care specialists in Wichita treat a variety of wounds, including:

  • Pressure ulcers
  • Venous stasis ulcers
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Arterial ulcers (due to poor blood circulation)
  • Complicated surgical wounds (related to infections, diabetes, etc.)
  • Traumatic wounds (related to physical injuries)
  • Radiation wounds (internal or external)
  • Brown recluse spider bite wounds
  • Wounds related to systemic disease processes, such as lupus, Buerger’s disease, etc.

Advanced wound treatments

Wesley’s wound care center offers advance treatments to help wounds heal quickly, such as:

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Wound debridement
  • Apligraf (a synthetically grown skin or graft)
  • Dermagraft (a substitute skin used to enhance healing)
  • Wound VAC (a vacuum-assisted wound closure system)
  • Celleration/mist therapy (a noncontact, low-frequency ultrasound)
  • Casting (a gold standard for offloading and protecting diabetic foot wounds)

Wound debridement

Debridement is the removal of dead skin or tissue, which is yellow or black. Debridement may be necessary to reduce bacteria in the wound and to heal it. A tissue culture may be obtained to determine if your wound is infected and to determine which antibiotic will work best.

Signs of an infected wound include:

  • Redness
  • Odor
  • Increased pain
  • Swelling
  • Thick drainage
  • Warmth
  • Hardness

There are four types of wound debridement our specialists may use:

  • Sharp debridement—The doctor or nurse uses tweezers, a scalpel or scissors to remove yellow or black tissue. Hard skin on the wound’s edges may also be removed. If debridement is expected, plan to take your pain medicine before the appointment and have someone drive you. If you have feeling in the wound, the area will be numbed with medication.
  • Chemical debridement—Chemical debridement is slower and applies ointment containing enzymes to remove dead tissue.
  • Mechanical debridement—This technique uses irrigation, or a wet-to-dry dressing, to remove dead tissue.
  • Autolytic debridement—The body will attack the dead tissue on its own over time. This is a very slow process. This will occur naturally under your dressing.

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