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Wound Healing FAQs

Who can be treated at the Wound Healing Center?

Anyone who has a wound that has been present for longer than four weeks and shows no signs of healing is a candidate for advanced treatment at our facility.

What are chronic wounds?

A chronic wound is a wound that fails to heal within one month. These wounds prevent the skin from performing its normal function of protecting against infection and holding nutrients within the body. Often these wounds are complicated by one or more chronic illnesses such as diabetes or atherosclerosis (poor blood flow). Such wounds can affect the whole person and lead to serious infections of bone and sometimes of the blood, resulting in costly treatment, amputation, loss of independence, reduced quality of life, and/or death.

What risk factors can impact the development of chronic wounds?

If you have one or more of the risk factors below, they can impact the development of chronic wounds:

  • Malnutrition and poor diet
  • Blood flow problems
  • Infection
  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperglycemia – especially blood sugars over 150
  • Arthritis
  • Kidney disease
  • Combinations of medications
  • Swelling
  • Excess weight or obesity
  • Smoking

How long does it take to treat a chronic wound?

Every wound has its own unique set of circumstances. We are equipped and staffed to address them all. We are experts at caring for people whose open sores have resisted traditional treatment with a success rate of 98% healing in 16 weeks or less.

Must I have an external wound to be a patient at the Wound Healing Center?

No, we treat patients with a variety of wounds such as those caused by late effects of radiation treatments.

Do I need a physician referral to make an appointment?

Patients can self-refer to the Wound Healing Center, or ask for a referral from a primary care physician or specialist.

How do I find out if my insurance company will pay?

Most health insurances will pay for the care provided at the Wound Healing Center. However, because there are so many types of insurance plans, it is difficult for us to tell you exactly what your insurance plan will pay. Many plans have amounts you will have to pay. Your plan may also have specific coverage limits. You should call your insurance company with questions you have about your coverage.