How Can I Get A Consultation From The Wound Care Center?
To make a referral or schedule an appointment, contact the Burn and Reconstructive Center at:
What Causes Non-Healing Wounds?
Chronic and non-healing wounds can result from a number of factors, including diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vascular disease and immobility (which can lead to pressure ulcers, commonly known as "bed sores"). An estimated eight million Americans suffer from chronic wounds. Wounds come from a variety of different medical conditions, and they don't heal for many different reasons.
What Are Some Foot and Leg Care Tips?
Often, people don't know they have an underlying health condition that makes them susceptible to having wounds. To avoid getting a chronic or non-healing wound:
- Schedule and keep regular check-ups with your primary care physician or specialist
- Stay updated on your routine health screenings
- Don't go barefoot — ever!
- Avoid stepping on sharp or harmful objects
- Protect your feet, especially if you have lost some or all of the feeling in them
- Always wear sturdy shoes and well-fitting socks
Will I Have to Change My Primary Care Doctor or Specialist?
No. In fact, the Wound Care Center prefers to work with your physician or medical specialist during the treatments. We even keep your doctor informed with frequent progress reports. While you’ll be receiving treatment for your wound from the Wound Care Center, you’ll continue to receive all of your routine care from your primary physician.
Does Insurance Cover Specialized Wound Care Treatments?
Many health plans cover Wound Care Center treatments. Call us to determine what your specific plan covers.
What Can I Expect at the First Appointment?
The first appointment consists of an assessment by our skilled wound care team, a review of your medical history, blood tests and recommendations for your treatment plan. Please be sure to bring to this appointment your medical records, insurance information, a list of current medications and a list of your allergies. You should expect to spend several hours at the Center.
Is Hyperbaric Medicine Safe?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe and evidence-based treatment proven to speed the healing process in certain types of wounds. In fact, many patients find it relaxing! The clear chambers are equipped with televisions and comfortable bedding, so patients are free to watch their favorite television shows or a movie or even sleep. A typical course of treatment involves the patient spending about 90 minutes a day in the chamber, five days per week over a four-to-six-week period.
Jason was diagnosed with diabetes and developed a blister that became a diabetic foot ulcer with gangrene on his heel. Thanks to hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the wound care specialists at Medical City Plano, Jason's foot was spared. He shares his story to inspire other diabetics to seek help for foot and leg wounds before amputation is needed.
Will Wound Care Treatment Work for Me?
Services offered by the Wound Care Center have been successful for patients with a wide variety of wounds. Call us to see how we can help you, too.