August 2008: Treating and Managing Chronic Wounds and Ulcers
01 Aug 2008
Dr. Paul Abbo has received special training in the treatment of difficult to heal wounds and cuts through the Advanced Wound Management and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy program at Ohio State University. His interests lie in the treatment of chronic wounds, preventive medicine and diabetes management.
Treating and Managing Chronic Wounds and Ulcers
Dr. Paul Abbo
Lakefront Medical Associates
Weiss Memorial Hospital
“Why won’t this sore heal?”
If you or someone you know has asked this question, then you may understand the frustration of living with a cut or sore that only gets bigger no matter what treatments are tried. There are numerous reasons why cuts or sores get worse instead of better. Many times, something simple like a clean cut or scrape can get infected. As germs become rooted in the skin, the body’s ability to heal diminishes, and wounds can develop, fester and get worse.
Also, diseases—such as diabetes and poor circulation—slow down the body’s ability to heal. It is very important that such sores be treated as soon as possible. Because the combination of diabetes and chronic wounds can lead to very serious complications, such as gangrene, it is the goal of wound care specialists to diagnose and treat these problems quickly and successfully.
Fortunately, there are many proven and effective strategies in treating and managing chronic wounds and ulcers. First and foremost, a treatment plan consists of removing any decaying skin from the wound. Second, strong and potent dressings are applied to the wound to accelerate healing. Special stockings and wrappings are used to keep swelling to a minimum. Finally, some people benefit from using high concentration oxygen to speed the healing process.
It is essential to address the issues that enabled a wound to worsen. If a person has diabetes, then controlling the blood sugar is a must. If a person has infections, they must be identified and treated immediately. If a person has nutritional deficiencies, they must be corrected.
It is important to remember that a treatment plan is different for every person, depending on the cause of a chronic wound. There is no single treatment that works on everyone all the time. If one is affected by a sore or cut that does not heal, the place to get the most efficient care is a center where wound healing is a specialty, such as the Wound Healing Center at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Here you can find well-trained staff, state-of-the-art equipment and advanced wound dressings to get you or your loved one back to normal and feeling great again.
If you would like more information about wound healing and management, contact the Wound Healing Center at Weiss. To schedule an appointment with a physician, call Lakefront Medical Associates at (773) 564-5355.