Wound Care Conditions
Types of Wounds
At the Wound Healing Center, we provide a comprehensive outpatient program with state-of-the-art treatment to treat many conditions.
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Center for Wound Healing
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Blvd., Suite 2 North
Baltimore, MD 21239
Wound Care Specialists
Conditions We Treat
Acute or chronic wounds
- Many different medical conditions, surgeries and accidents cause serious wounds. Some wounds may not heal by using conventional treatment methods, even after multiple treatments or therapies. Infection, poor circulation, existing medical conditions and extensive tissue damage may keep wounds from healing. In order to heal damaged tissue our bodies require conditions like good nutrition, blood flow, and optimal local care to the injured area.
Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis
- This disease, which is resistant to most treatments, causes inflammation of the bone marrow and adjacent bone.
- Individuals with diabetes often experience poor circulation in areas farthest away from the heart, such as the feet. Diabetic ulcers come from lack of blood flow and nerve changes, which result in decreased tissue oxygenation. Learn more about living with diabetes here.
- After surgery some patients may experience infections in the incision area. This may be caused by already existing conditions like diabetes, which inhibits proper circulation or by a weakened immune system. Infections in wounds slow down and often inhibit healing.
- These wounds are caused by prolonged pressure to a particular area of tissue usually over or near a bony prominence. Because of the prolonged pressure, blood cannot reach the tissue to provide the oxygen that the tissue needs to remain healthy.
Skin Tears or Lacerations
- These types of non-healing wounds are usually found on older patients who have reduced healing potential.
Slow or Non-Healing Surgical Wounds
- After surgery the healing process can be slowed or halted due to infection, poor circulation, already existing conditions like diabetes, or reduced healing potential related to age.
Soft Tissue Radiation Injury
- Also known as soft tissue radionecrosis, this damage to tissue is caused by radiation therapy on patients who have undergone extensive treatment, usually for cancer. Learn more about soft tissue radiation injury here.
Venous Stasis Ulcers
- This type of wound involves the veins, which carry blood away from the damaged tissue. When blood cannot pass through damaged tissue the lack of oxygen flow prohibits healing. Vascular surgery that restores blood flow to the wound to speed the healing process may be an option for some patients.
Watch the video below to see how Mary-Sarah Proctor, facing a possible amputation, was treated at the Wound Healing Center.
Other Options for Wound Care and Healing
For some wounds that are large and do not respond well to other treatments, plastic/reconstructive surgery may offer help in the healing process. Learn more about wound prevention and risk factors that may lead to chronic wounds here.