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Wound care

Wound care involves medical interventions to heal a wound after injury. Specialized treatment is provided for wounds that are nonhealing or refuse to heal on their own. A vital aspect of treatment includes learning how to properly dress and care for a wound.

Skilled wound specialists

Wounds that won't heal are troublesome, but we have solutions to speed up your healing.

In Western North Carolina, Mission Health's expert wound care specialists know how to manage severe and slow-healing wounds. We use a variety of treatments to promote your recovery and a compassionate approach to give you peace of mind.

Conditions treated by our wound specialists

At our hospitals, our experienced physicians treat a broad range of wounds, including:

  • Actinomycosis (refractory)
  • Air or gas embolism
  • Burns
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Crush injuries
  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Decompression sickness
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Gas gangrene
  • Limb reattachment complications
  • Lower-extremity leg ulcers
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Nonhealing wounds
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Postsurgical infections
  • Postsurgical wounds
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Radiation tissue damage
  • Radiation wounds
  • Skin tears or lacerations
  • Slow-healing wounds
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Spider bites
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Venous stasis ulcers

Services offered at our wound centers

Our dedicated wound doctors understand that your wounds — cuts, burns and nonhealing — need quick and effective treatment.

Preventive wound care

We take a proactive approach to limit wound complications, including using diagnostic tools to assess wound progression and risk. Some of these methods include:

  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) testing — Assesses blood flow to a wound site
  • Doppler testing — Assesses blood flow and ability to treat wounds with compression wraps
  • Foot and nail care — Injury prevention using toenail cutting, debridement of the nails, paring of callouses, and diabetic foot-care education
  • Offloading — Keeps weight off of affected extremities and prevents wound complications
  • Transcutaneous oxygen monitoring (TCOM) — Testing to determine oxygen levels, wound healing potential, hyperbaric candidacy and mapping for surgical intervention and amputations

Medical wound care treatments

Our teams offer many nonsurgical treatments for wounds, including:

  • Advanced topical dressings and products
  • Biological dressings
  • Compression wraps
  • Debridement
  • Growth factor therapy
  • Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT)
  • Total contact casting
  • Unna boots

Surgical wound care procedures

We offer surgical options when other treatments prove unsuccessful. Most of our procedures are minimally invasive, enabling you to have a faster recovery. Some the procedures we perform include:

  • Ostomy care — Procedure to make an opening or stoma in a body organ that includes troubleshooting, presurgery education, site markings, postsurgery follow-up and education, outpatient support and support group meetings for you and your family
  • Skin grafts — Surgical procedure to transplant healthy skin to replace damaged skin
  • Skin substitutes — Surgical procedure to insert organic or synthetic products that mimic skin
  • Surgical intervention — Surgical evaluation and planning for complicated wound conditions, such as nonhealing, limb-threatening or life-threatening wounds

Our hyperbaric services

If your wound specialists recommend hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), you'll spend time in a pressurized room or chamber where you'll breathe pure oxygen. This noninvasive technique speeds up wound healing and tissue restoration while helping us salvage the wounded area.

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