Wound Care Center
If you're suffering from a non-healing wound, you're not alone. Every year, chronic wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation or other conditions keeps millions of Americans from doing things they love to do. At any given time, almost 6 million Americans suffer from chronic, nonhealing wounds.
The Wound Care Center can help you get your life back. Our unique multidisciplinary team of dedicated doctors and nurses treat more of these wounds than anyone else. Many patients find wounds can be treated even if they’ve resisted healing after months and years of traditional treatment . It's all we do. In fact, most patients visiting the Wound Care Center find themselves completely healed in just a few months.
Patients referred to our Wound Care Center benefit from a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach. Integrating a team of wound care professionals increases the level of care, improves patients compliance and clinical outcomes.
There are a variety of circumstances in which a person might need to use the wound care center. They include, but are not limited to:
- Ulcers (pressure, diabetic, neuropathic or ischemic)
- Surgical wounds
- Peristomal skin irritations
- Soft tissue radionecrosis
- Preservation of compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Crush injury/acute traumatic
- peripheral ischemia
- Progressive necrotizing infections (necrotizing fasciitis)
- Traumatic wounds
Types of Wounds and Conditions Treated at the Center
- Actinomycosis (a bacterial infection of the face and neck)
- Compromised skin grafts or flaps
- Diabetic ulcers
- Ischemic ulcers (lesions caused by a lack of blood supply to the area)
- Necrotizing fasciitis (a bacterial infection that causes tissue death)
- Peristomal skin irritation (skin irritation around an ostomy site)
- Pressure ulcers (ulcers caused by pressure against a prominent bone)
- Soft tissue radionecrosis and osteoradionecrosis (wounds caused by radiation treatment for cancer)
- Surgical wounds
- Traumatic wounds, including crush wounds
- Vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels)
- Venous insufficiency (a condition in which veins in the legs have difficulty sending blood back to the heart)
Your First Visit
When you come in, our staff will evaluate your wound and general health. They'll review your medical, wound and medication history. A blood test may be involved. You may also need special tests that give us information about blood flow and oxygen flow in the wound area.
Your Healing Program
When your test results are in, we'll put together a treatment program based on your special needs. This program will include regular visits to help evaluate progress and make any changes that might be needed. You (or your care-giver) will be given detailed instructions on providing in-home care, nutrition and bandage changes, and protecting the wound from further injury.
You're a Vital Part of the Program
Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. You must keep your appointments, follow directions carefully and watch your progress closely between visits. At any time, if you or your family members have questions, our staff is available with answers. We encourage you to ask questions.
How We Work With Your Doctor
The physicians and staff at Sutter Delta’s Advanced Wound Care Center work with your personal doctor, just like any other medical specialist. We'll discuss your treatment program with your doctor and keep him or her updated on your progress, unless instructed otherwise. Remember, you'll need to keep seeing your doctor for routine medical care.
The Team Approach Treatment of Non-healing Wounds
A variety of treatment options are available depending on the type and severity of a wound. Treatment may include the following:
- Infectious disease management
- Physical therapy
- Vascular evaluation
- Laboratory evaluation
- Nutritional management
- Pain management
- Diabetic education
- Nuclear medicine
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Medicare and Medicaid often reimburse for approved procedures.
Many health plans cover the Wound Care Center’s treatment. Your coverage depends on your specific plan. Be sure to bring your insurance cards with you when you visit the center.