Wound Care Treatments
For people who have wounds that won’t heal due to health conditions, 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 at the Wound Healing Center provides a multi-disciplinary approach to wound care and treatment. With an average healing rate of 96.9 percent in 16 weeks or less, one of the highest in the United States, we are dedicated to caring for people with wounds that are chronic or resistant to traditional methods of healing. We using the latest technology available to not only treat wounds but also treat the cause of the wound.
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
Our specialists at the Wound Healing Center have extensive experience with some of the most advanced treatment options available for healing wounds. 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.
- 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 therapyincreases 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 here.
- 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.
Your First Visit
Usually your primary care physician provides you with a referral, however, you can refer yourself to the center. 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
Your Treatment Progress
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.
Wound Healing Center
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital
5601 Loch Raven Blvd., Suite 2 North
Baltimore, MD 21239
Take a Virtual Tour
Take a virtual tour of our newly-expanded Wound Healing Center that now offers eight treatment rooms and four hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers.
Wound Care Specialists
- David Zachary Martin, MD, Plastic Surgery, Medical Director
- Peter Allinson, MD, Hyperbaric Medicine, Medical Director
- Ravi Aloor, MD, Plastic Surgery
- Mouhamad O. Annous, MD, Vascular Surgery
- Narender Bharaj, MD, Internal Medicine
- William Hahn, DPM, Podiatry
- Dimitrios Mavrophilipos, MD, General Surgery
- Joseph Orlando, MD, Plastic Surgery
- Leigh Ann Price, MD, Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery
- John Sanatore, DPM, Podiatry
- Francis Velez, MD, General Surgery
Watch the video below to see how Mary-Sarah Proctor, facing a possible amputation, was treated at the Wound Healing Center.