Cuts, scrapes and scratches are common, and in most cases, they knit back together with a little time, care and caution. But some wounds are persistent, and they resist all of the at-home treatments you might use in order to heal them.
When you have a wound that has not started to heal within a month, or you've been living with a wound for two months that isn't entirely healed, you might have a chronic or nonhealing wound. At Berger Health System, we have an entire team devoted to the care and treatment of wounds just like this.
Who is at risk for chronic wounds?
There are some people who have a higher risk of developing chronic wounds. You may be at risk for a chronic wound if you:
- Have diabetes. This disease can reduce your ability to feel pain, and diabetes can limit your body's ability to circulate blood. Both can bump up your wound risk.
- Have peripheral arterial or vascular disease. These conditions can allow blood to pool within your body, and that can cause wounds to form.
- Are older than 60. As you age, your body heals at a slower rate than it did when you were younger. As a result, older people can struggle to heal after a major wound, and their wounds can become chronic.
Chronic wounds can also form after some kind of trauma, including burns and accidents. Other chronic wounds form due to medical treatments, such as radiation therapy or surgery.
Our wound care services
The Berger Wound Healing Center in Berger Hospital is an innovative treatment center that’s proven to heal even the most stubborn wounds. Combining the latest treatments with advanced technology, our wound care specialists don’t cover wounds—they uncover issues and help wounds to heal. And since most treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMS and other private insurance plans, you’re ensured the specialized help you need.
Treatment begins with an initial evaluation, which might include:
- A full assessment of your medical history and current health.
- A nutrition evaluation.
- On-site lab and diagnostic testing.
We use the results of these tests and evaluations to pull together a personalized wound care treatment plan for you. And we have many different treatment options to choose from, including:
- Wound debridement. In these procedures, we remove dead or damaged tissue so healthy tissues have a chance to take hold and grow.
- Bandage changes. Keeping a chronic wound clean and dry is crucial. We offer specially selected dressings and wraps to help you protect your wound, and we can change the dressings for you.
- Bioengineered tissue substitutes. When your body isn't able to produce the tissues needed to heal your wound, these substitutes can help to fill the gap.
- Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy. Our HBO machine offers you 100 percent pure oxygen while you lie in a pressurized chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment helps your blood carry more oxygen to your tissues to promote wound healing. It can also help your blood cells fight infection.
- Negative pressure wound therapy. This form of therapy uses a vacuum source. The suction can remove fluid and infected materials, which can help your wound prepare to close.
- Platelet growth technologies. These treatments can help to boost your body's ability to close wounds.
Our team will monitor your progress to ensure that your wound is healing as expected. We can also coach you and educate you, so you'll understand how to change your bandages and take care of your wound at home.
Meet the wound care team
Our wound care team has received advanced training at the National Healing Institute at Ohio State University. Our doctors are:
Our team will work closely with your family physician and other experts, ensuring that you have a treatment plan that suits you.