Wound Management & Diabetic Foot Treatment

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Specialist Wound Management

We treat even the smallest of wounds with the greatest of care. We offer everything from the right wound dressings to advice on care, and even advanced surgical interventions when necessary.

No matter what the wound, its symptoms, seriousness or classification, you deserve the advanced treatment and special care we offer.

Types of Wounds

Acute wounds are caused by trauma from surgical procedures, falls or accidents, exposure to heat, electricity, chemicals, or friction. They heal normally and within a short time, usually without medical intervention.

Chronic wounds are those that don’t heal even over three months. These wounds get inflamed, and infected. They are usually caused by internal reasons (certain medications, poor nutrition, or underlying factors like diabetes and poor blood circulation). Occasionally, the causes could be external too, such as inappropriate dressing, issues with moisture, or improper aftercare.

Treatment Options: For Chronic Wounds

We do not treat wounds as surface problems, but as symptoms of deeper issues.

In the care of chronic wounds, our surgeons take a more comprehensive approach, investigating the root cause of infections, and ensuring optimum blood sugar levels, blood circulation, nutritional and medicinal intake. This helps in healing by providing all that is necessary to naturally heal, and prevent recurrence.

  1. Diabetic Ulcers

Diabetics are at the greatest risk of developing chronic wounds, which, if not attended to, can lead to amputation. Neuropathy, or loss of feeling in the feet, causes small cuts or traumas to go unnoticed and get infected. Poor blood flow to the legs makes it harder for wounds in the area to heal. The presence of diabetes compromises the body’s ability to fight infections and leads to progressive worsening of the wound.

Along with immediate medical intervention and wound care, our doctors draw up a therapy plan, to help you control blood sugar levels.

  1. Venous Leg Ulcers

A high percentage of leg wounds are caused by poor blood flow in the legs, leading to uncontrolled swelling. The skin around the area may also harden and get discoloured.

Venous leg ulcers tend to recur, and treatment requires regular use of compression garments like ACE bandages or compression stockings, to prevent fluid collection. Any swelling in the legs should be evaluated by a physician because the causes could be varied and many -some, such as blood clots, require more extensive evaluation or treatment. In certain extreme cases, surgery is the only way out, and requires the care of a vascular specialist.

  1. Pressure Ulcers

These can occur when pressure is constantly exerted on a particular body tissue over a period of time, or sometimes even over a few hours. The constant pressure compresses blood vessels, causing injury. Patients confined to a bed or a wheelchair are at high risk of pressure ulcers. The best treatment is to remove the pressure – turning or moving the body can prevent injury. Some patients benefit from special mattresses or additional cushioning. Many of these treatments can be handled as day-care, out-patient procedures.