WHAT IS A CHRONIC / COMPLEX NON-HEALING WOUND?
There are many types of chronic or complex non-healing wounds, which don’t heal with normal treatment measures. These may include:
- Non-healing post-operative wounds / surgical wounds
- Pressure wounds / pressure ulcers
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Post-radiation wounds
- PAD wounds
- Chronic venous wounds
- Malignant wounds
WHAT CAUSES CHRONIC NON-HEALING WOUNDS?
While many wounds are manageable with conservative treatment options, sometimes more advanced wound care treatment is necessary when a wound becomes infected or develops any other complication that prevents normal healing.
Typically, a wound heals within a few weeks as the body restores the damaged tissues to their healthy state. Tissue repair is more complicated for some patients, especially those who suffer from a chronic disease, poor circulation, or other condition that prevents the body from healing normally. For example, patients with poor circulation cannot supply the body’s extremities with the blood needed to heal their tissues. Therefore, patients with this condition may suffer from chronic non-healing wounds in the lower legs, ankles, and feet, and require advanced treatment from a wound care specialist.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A COMPLEX NON-HEALING WOUND?
Complex non-healing wounds may require advanced wound treatment from your doctor or a wound care specialist. Visit a wound care expert at Princeton Wound Care for a wound evaluation and treatment options if you have:
- Any open sore that hasn’t healed within a few weeks
- A surgical incision that has not healed
- A wound that exposes bone or muscles
- A wound that hasn’t healed after or during radiation therapy
- Pain or redness on the skin near your buttocks, tailbone, or hips
- Diabetes and a wound that has not healed
- Swelling or blisters on your lower legs or ankles
- Changes in pigment or texture of skin on legs
WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR COMPLEX NON-HEALING WOUNDS?
Anyone may suffer from a chronic, slow-healing, or non-healing wound, however, the chances of suffering from this kind of wound are substantially higher if you have any of the below conditions:
- Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
- Poor blood circulation
- Exposure to high levels of radiation
- Poor diet
- Overweight / obesity
- Kidney disease
HOW IS A CHRONIC OR COMPLEX NON-HEALING WOUND TREATED?
At Princeton Wound Care, the following advanced treatment options are available for patients who suffer from complex non-healing wounds:
- Vascular lab workup
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
- Skin grafting
- Compression therapy
- Ostomy care