Open wound types we treat vary in our comfortable outpatient facility.
Although we have listed many wound types below, this list is NOT exhaustive as it is impossible to list every type of wound we treat. In addition to this list, please see our “Wounds Based on Area of Body” page for an even fuller list. But remember, if you have a wound that is not listed, we can surely help.
Open wounds such as leg, foot and ankle lesions resulting from vascular disease can be result of peripheral artery disease or from diabetes itself. Diabetes is a complicated medical condition. Since diabetes usually attacks the smallest blood vessels first, diabetic wounds tend to be located on the feet and lower legs.
Surgical wounds are open wounds resulting from a non-healing surgical incision or from the implantation of surgical hardware.
Pressure ulcers (sometimes called pressure sores or bed sores) are open wounds common to paraplegic or quadriplegic patients who remain in one position too long. This traumatizes the underlying tissues resulting in increasing tissue degradation.
Traumatic wounds are typically defined as cuts, lacerations or puncture wounds that have caused damage to both the skin and underlying tissues.
NECROTIZING SOFT TISSUE INFECTION:
Necrotizing soft tissue infections are a rare but very severe type of bacterial infection that can destroy the muscles, skin, and underlying tissue. The word “necrotizing” refers to something that causes body tissue to die.
LEG AND ANKLE ULCERS (VENOUS STASIS ULCERS):
A venous stasis ulcer is a localized, open wound of the skin or underlying soft tissue that occurs as a result of predisposing factors, including valve incompetence in perforating veins, deep vein thrombophlebitis and thrombosis, obesity, and advanced age. Click the link “venous stasis ulcer” above for more detailed information.
Learn more about how a venous stasis patient case we treated here.
Osteomyelitis is a bone infection caused by bacteria or other germs.
Ischemic wounds occur as a direct result of obstructed or reduced blood flow to a part of the body – typically on the legs, feet and toes.
At Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, we can help patients with second, third and fourth degree burns. Sometimes the patient is a candidate for hyperbaric oxygen therapy in order to facilitate healing. Click HERE for more detailed information on burns.
COLLAGEN VASCULAR DISEASE:
Collagen vascular disease occurs when problems with the immune system affect collagen, the fiber-like protein that contributes to the structure of tendons, bones, and connective tissues.
In a class of diseases known as autoimmune disorders where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. Some of these diseases have similarities, including arthritis and inflammation of arteries in the tissues that connect joints and other tissues. These diseases are known as collagen vascular diseases.
RADIATION TISSUE DAMAGE:
Radiation injury to tissues (radiation necrosis, osteoradionecrosis) is a complication or “side effect” of radiation therapy for a tumor. This occurs because the radiation can damage normal cells as well a tumor cells. Destruction of nutrient blood vessels in the irradiated area can result in local poor or non-healing wounds (ulceration), destruction of bone (necrosis) and bleeding.
Pyoderma gangrenosum (pie-o-DUR-muh gang-ruh-NO-sum) is a rare condition that causes large, painful sores (ulcers) to develop on your skin, most often on your legs. It is a condition that causes tissue to become necrotic, causing deep ulcers that can lead to chronic wounds. The ulcers usually initially look like small bug bites or papules, and they progress to larger ulcers. These types of wounds are successfully treated at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine. For more information on pyoderma gangrenosum, click HERE.
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