Wound Care Treatments
For people who have wounds that won’t heal, pain, fear, and limited mobility can negatively affect your quality of life, and in such cases, comprehensive wound care is necessary. Our unique team of doctors, nurses, and therapists, provides a multi-disciplinary approach to wound care and treatment.
In partnership with MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, our healing rates are among the highest in the country, with patient satisfaction rates of more than 90 percent.
At the Center for Wound Healing, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Limb Salvage at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, we offer a range of specialized treatments to improve wound outcomes, helping you resume your normal activities.
Usually your primary care physician provides you with a referral, however, we can assist you in obtaining a referral. For a referral to the Center for Wound Healing, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Limb Salvage, call us or request an appointment.
Wound Care Conditions We Treat
We specialize in treating non-healing wounds caused by the following conditions:
- Ostomy care and support
- Pressure sores
- Renal disease
- Soft tissue radiation injury
- Steroid dependence
- Venous stasis
- Wounds of arterial, venous, or lymphatic origin
Wound Care Treatments
At the Center for Wound Healing, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Limb Salvage, we use the latest technology available, not only to treat wounds, but also treat the cause of the wound. Our wound specialists provide care for people with wounds that are chronic or resistant to traditional methods of healing. We can accommodate patients who have urgent needs with our eight treatment rooms and four hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers. The method of treatment depends on the type and severity of the wound and may include:
- Bioengineered Skin: treatment using skin substitutes to correct serious wounds. These substitutes closely resemble human skin in structure and function, and they can be used temporarily or permanently.
- Biomechanical Corrective Surgery: treatment for diabetic foot involving procedures that help to offload pressure areas as well as realign the foot in a better position to achieve better function.
- Debridement: medical removal of damaged, infected or dead tissue in order to improve the healing ability of the remaining healthy tissue.
- Diabetic Shoe Service: offered to patients with diabetes as they have an increased risk of developing foot problems that can range from mild to major, especially if a wound, ulcer, or infection occurs. Diabetic shoes are specialized, prescription footwear custom fit to meet the patient’s needs. They are a key preventative care measure to reduce the risk of developing wounds or injuries as a result of diabetic neuropathy. Learn more about diabetic foot treatments.
- Gait Evaluation: studies and analyzes how you stand, walk, or run. The data generated through this method is used to diagnose and treat the conditions of diabetic patients who often suffer from poor circulation and loss of feeling in the feet. A gait evaluation is not only used to detect areas of pressure and potential ulceration, but also to help find ways to prevent complications and reduce pressure areas in the feet.
- Growth factors: substances secreted by the body that help stimulate the growth and proliferation of the cells involved in healing wounds. The use of growth factor therapy increases the number of wound-healing cells, therefore resulting in faster wound healing.
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT): treatment for some chronic, non-healing wounds. Initially utilized to treat decompression sickness in divers, HBOT is now used for a number of medical problems, both chronic and acute. It is a simple yet effective treatment process in which a patient breathes pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, allowing the greatest amount of oxygen to make its way into the lungs. The healing process is highly dependent on having enough oxygen, exposing the body to high levels of oxygen stimulates its natural healing capabilities. Learn more about HBOT and how it treats various conditions.
- Microsurgical Free Flap Tissue Transfer: the movement of tissue from one location of the body to another site. This is done using microsurgical techniques. Various types of tissue can be transferred in this way such as skin and fat, nerve, muscle and bone. For all free flap surgical procedures, the blood supply is reintroduced using microsurgery to connect the arteries and veins.
- Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: treatment that uses negative pressure in a vacuum-assisted closure to remove edema fluid from wounds through suction. This results in increased blood flow to the wound as well as reduced bacteria and chance for infection in the wound.
- Prosthetic devices: device used for rehabilitation when an arm or other extremity is amputated or lost. People requiring an artificial limb will consult with a clinical team to determine the most appropriate artificial limb for individual circumstances. An artificial limb can improve mobility and the ability to manage daily activities, making it possible for patients to maintain their independent lifestyles.
- Skin Grafting: surgery that places skin substitutes over a burn or non-healing wound to permanently replace damaged or missing skin or provide a temporary wound covering. A skin graft not only improves the function and appearance of the wound, but also stimulates healing by triggering skin cell growth in the wound site.
- Soft Tissue Reconstruction: treatment that rebuilds missing tissue and provides contouring to the body that was lost during traumatic injury. Patients often endure both physical and psychological effects of tissue loss and abnormal body contour. This treatment provides as appearance that is acceptable to the patient - the hope is to reduce the physical and psychological impact, thus improving quality of life.
- Total Contact Casting: treatment for diabetic foot ulcers using a non-removable cast around the affected leg. The entire cast surface is in contact with the foot and part of the leg. It is typically constructed using fiberglass or plaster and is designed to protect the ulcer and allow for wound healing.
What to Expect
Before beginning treatment, our team will evaluate your wound and review your medical history and general health. You may be asked to undergo special tests to provide us with important information about your blood flow, tissue oxygenation and whether or not infection is complicating the healing process.
You should bring the following on your first visit:
- A list of current medications and any known allergies
- Previous medical records including reports, X-rays, etc. (if available)
- Any insurance forms or cards
Take a virtual tour of our newly-expanded Wound Healing Center that now offers eight treatment rooms and four hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers.
Your Personalized Wound Care Treatment
Once your comprehensive evaluation is completed, our wound healing team will develop a treatment program based on your special needs. Your program will involve regular visits, as necessary, to the center to provide treatment, follow your progress or make necessary changes in your treatment program. You also will be instructed in home wound care, dressing changes and ways to protect yourself from further injury. A report of your treatment progress as well as accompanying photos will be shared with your doctor. For some patients who require additional special treatment, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is also available.
Watch the video below to see how Mary-Sarah Proctor, facing a possible amputation, was treated at the Center for Wound Healing, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Limb Salvage.
For a referral to the Center for Wound Healing, Hyperbaric Medicine, and Limb Salvage, call 443-444-4275 or click below.