The process of Skin grafting removes a thin layer of skin from one part of the body and adhere that skin to a wound in order to repair it. It can be a highly effective method to close a large wound. The negative result is however the creation of an additional "wound" site where the skin was harvested. We use biologic or "artificial" skin graft to treat this negative side effect. These "skin substitutes" incorporate several growth factors to improve the healing process.
• Utilizes human amnion and chorion membranes
• Wound healing growth factors
• Modulates inflammation and reduces scar tissue
• Growth factors promote proliferation of epithelial cells
• Unique growth factors promote normal wound healing
Extremity Wound Centers offers skin biologic therapy to assist with the body’s normal healing process. Having Podiatry expertise in-house in addition to wound care, patients often find faster relief from symptoms. Locations available include Peoria and Scottsdale, Arizona.
Skin Biologics and Non-healing Wounds
A non-healing or chronic wound is defined as a wound that does not improve after 3-4 weeks or does not heal in eight weeks. These includes:
*If you have diabetes with any tender areas of tenderness on your fee requires immediate attention, regardless of how long the wound has been present. Extremity Health & Wound Centers physicians have expertise in treating diabetes-related wounds.
Non-healing wounds are a serious condition. We are exposed to common bacteria like staphylococcus and pseudomonas daily and these bacteria are normally present on our skin and in the environment around us. Normally benign when you are healthy and wound free, but an open wound increases the risk for infection. Untreated, this can lead to more serious conditions, even the loss of a limb.
Extremity Health & Wound Centers offers advanced treatment for venous leg ulcers. Patients can receive this important care from practice Locations available include Peoria and Scottsdale, Arizona.
Venous Leg Ulcers Q & A
A venous leg ulcer is a long-lasting wound which requires more than four weeks to heal. These often occur near the ankle on the inside of the leg. The indications of a venous leg ulcer include discomfort, itching, inflammation, or edema, in the leg. There could also be discolored or thickened skin surrounding the ulcer that may be accompanied with a foul-smelling discharge.
These ulcers are the most common, making up 70-90% of all cases. Venous leg ulcers can occur following a minor injury as high pressure is consistently present in the veins of the legs.
Many different people can be affected by ulcers, though much more common as you age. A person who has had deep vein thrombosis (DVT) previously or trouble walking has a much greater risk of developing an ulcer. These additional common conditions may place you at even greater risk:
Most ulcers heal on their own in 3-4 months, if they are professionally treated. It is important to keep in mind that some ulcers may take longer to heal. Treatment generally involves:
The underlying cause of the ulcer must be addressed in addition to wound care, otherwise you will be at greater risk of a venous leg ulcer reoccurring after treatment. These underlying causes can include previous DVT, immobility, obesity, or varicose veins.
Skin ulcers often develop due to poor circulation and other vein problems. Thankfully, Extremity Wound Centers specializes in the treatment and care of skin ulcers. Patients can receive this critical care from our practice locations available in Peoria and Scottsdale, Arizona.
A skin ulcer is any open wound on the skin. It can be caused by infections, pressure sores, or by vein problems. Treatments will depend on the cause and location of the ulcer. The most common type, Venous skin ulcers, are shallow wounds which occur when the leg veins do not return blood back to the heart properly. Venous ulcers usually form below the knee.
Venous skin ulcers are generally caused by poor blood circulation. In the case of venous insufficiency, the valves have been damaged and blood backs up and pools inside the vein. Fluid can then leak out and into the surrounding tissues, resulting in the breakdown of the tissue and formation of an ulcer. Those with increased risk of these ulcers include:
Conservative treatments include improving blood circulation:
The physician will perform a debridement to excise dead tissue from the wound. After the ulcer has healed, compression socks should still be worn, removed for bathing and sleeping. Additional treatments, if required, may include.
For treatment and care of diabetic ulcers of the foot visit Extremity Health & Wound Centers. Patients can receive this important treatment and maintenance from practice locations available include Peoria and Scottsdale, Arizona.
Ulcers and soft areas of the feet pose a unique challenge to diabetics. Diabetic ulcers are open sores that develop on patients with diabetes. For diabetic patients, foot ulcers are one of the most frequent causes of hospital visits and can be very problematic to heal. The ulcers do not usually cause pain however they can lead to additional complications.
Foot ulcers are typically caused by pressure being exerted on the region of the foot. The first step will be to reduce the pressure and remove the area of any dead tissue by performing a debridement. Initially a debridement is performed, and the ulcer cleaned with a sterile solution. To keep the ulcer clean and free from pressure, patients may need to wear special shoes or a brace and in with more severe conditions a wheelchair or crutches could be required. Patients will also be provided with dietary and wound care instructions including:
Schedule an appointment with our office if you experience symptoms such as:
Extremity Health Center accepts the following insurances. Please contact the office for further information.
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