PLANO, Texas – Every step is a victory for 37-year-old Jason Redden of McKinney, considering not long ago a diabetic foot ulcer put him at risk of amputation. Experts at the Medical City Plano Wound Care and Limb Preservation Center not only saved his foot, but improved his quality of life.
Medical City Plano’s newly expanded and renamed Wound Care and Limb Preservation Center is dedicated to healing chronic wounds that have not responded to conventional treatments and often result in amputation. According to The Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association, patients who have had a primary amputation have a 40% chance of death within a year and an 80% chance at five years.
The clinic’s comprehensive approach to healing includes an expert team of endovascular and vascular surgeons, infectious disease experts, podiatrists/orthopedists, hospitalists, plastic surgeons, physical and occupational therapists, and nurse navigators who specialize in the treatment of non-healing wounds on the foot, ankle, leg, arm, wrist and hand.
“Wounds can seriously impact quality of life because of the pain, infection and cosmetic issues that come with open wounds on the body,” said Nichole Johnson, MD, medical director for Medical City Plano’s Wound Care and Limb Preservation Center. “Through our techniques, we can help many patients see improvement fairly quickly. Many physicians still practice amputations instead of trying to preserve the limb. Our goal is to provide options and leading edge treatment that can save the limb and its full function.”
Redden underwent several months of hyperbaric oxygen therapy at Medical City Plano, which healed the diabetic foot ulcer and averted amputation. The Wound Care and Limb Preservation Center provides leading edge treatments such as hyperbaric therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, skin substitute grafting, offload casting and compression therapy. The center also features an interdisciplinary model of care including nutrition management, physical therapy and family education to address a patient’s total health.
“At Medical City Plano, our goal is to get our patients into the best treatment possible so they can get back to their lives faster while feeling better than ever,” said Charles Gressle, CEO of Medical City Plano. “The work that our Wound Care and Limb Preservation Center provides is truly life-changing to the many patients we serve in North Texas. Due to the advanced and specialized work Dr. Johnson and her team provides, our patients are able to live fuller, healthier lives in ways they never thought possible with the presence of infection.”
About Medical City Plano:
Medical City Plano is a full-service, 513 bed, acute-care facility with more than 2,000 employees and 1,400 physicians representing more than 70 specialties and subspecialties. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Medical City Plano is a Level I Trauma Center with a Burn and Reconstructive Center, a Comprehensive (Level I) Stroke Center, a Level III NICU and Collin County’s first Chest Pain Accredited hospital. Magnet designated for nursing excellence, Medical City Plano is part of Medical City Healthcare.