Wound Healing Clinic
The Wound Healing Clinic at Mary Greeley Medical Center cares for patients suffering from wounds that won't heal on their own. The Wound Healing Clinic opened in January 2009 and has had more than 1,700 patient visits.
Most wounds, minor cuts and scratches heal on their own within two weeks. Sometimes a wound stays open longer due to infection, blood flow problems, diabetes, poor nutrition or other unsuitable environment for healing. The Wound Healing Clinic treats patients who have had a lingering wound for more than four weeks.
Patients who have any questions or concerns about a lingering wound are encouraged to stop by the Wound Healing Clinic or call 515-956-2979.
Specially Trained Experts
Led by Charles Gilarski, D.P.M., and Mark Vandenberg, M.D., the clinic's specially trained team treats a variety of wounds, including diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, arterial ulcers, venous ulcers, trauma wounds, cellulitis and any wound that has not healed in a month.
"We have a variety of resources available to take care of the patient beyond closing their wound," Dr. Gilarski says. "We utilize lab, X-ray and vascular studies in evaluating the underlying wound environment. The Wound Healing Clinic has a unique mix of medical specialists and nurses."
Wound healing involves an interdisciplinary approach including Mary Greeley Medical Center physicians, nurses and health professionals who have focused expertise in wound care and healing.
The Wound Healing Clinic team includes:
- General surgeons
- Plastic surgeons
- Geriatric nurse practitioners
- Wound care nurses
- Diabetic educators
- Occupational and physical therapists
- Infectious disease physicians
The Latest Treatments
The Wound Healing Clinic uses advanced methods to effectively treat and care for lingering wounds, including:
- Advanced wound dressings
- Vacuum-assisted closure, which involves a special dressing and application of pressure
- Bioengineered tissue
- Debridement (tissue removal)
- Wraps to decrease lower leg swelling
During their visits, patients and their families or caregivers are taught how to care for wounds at home to facilitate faster and more permanent healing.
To learn more, call 515-956-2979 or download the Wound Healing Clinic brochure.