If you have been referred for
wound care in Atlantis, you probably have several questions about your condition. Slow-healing
wounds are serious medical issues that require close management. What
causes problems with wound healing, and what are the risks associated
with wounds that don’t heal? Here is what you need to know.
Signs of a Slow-Healing Wound
There are three stages of
wound healing: inflammatory, proliferative, and maturation and remodeling. The first
two stages occur over a matter of weeks, while the final stages, which
involve the growth of new collagen, can take up to two years. Slow-healing
wounds don’t pass the first or second stage. You can recognize a
wound that isn’t healing properly because it will persistently be
red and inflamed, and new skin won’t grow to cover the area. Any
time you have a wound that lingers for a few weeks and doesn’t seem
to be getting better, have it examined by a doctor. You should also call
the doctor if you experience a fever with your wound.
Causes of Slow Wound Healing
Many factors can influence how quickly a wound heals. People with circulation
problems are prone to slow-healing wounds, because the injury may not
receive enough nutrients from the blood. Diabetes is a major risk factor
for wound issues. Diabetes can impact circulation, and high blood sugar
levels can encourage infection. Likewise, people with diabetes may have
, which means they constantly re-injure themselves without feeling it. Infection can also
interfere with wound healing.
Treatments for Slow-Healing Wounds
There are several different wound management techniques, and the right
one for you depends on the nature of your wound. Some wound care methods
include hyperbaric oxygen treatment, whirlpool therapy, and medications.
You will likely need several rounds of treatment to resolve the wound.
Wounds that don’t heal properly can lead to severe infection and
amputation, so ask your doctor to refer you to JFK Medical Center for
wound care. Our Atlantis hospital is home to a
comprehensive range of services
, including breast care, emergency care, heart and vascular services,
and more. For a referral to one of our physicians or more information, call our
Consult-A-Nurse line at (561) 548-4JFK (4535).