Diabetes, smoking, and obesity can slow your body’s natural healing process. At Innovation Medical Group Southwest Territory in Farmington, New Mexico, and Durango, Colorado, the primary care specialists offer safe, effective wound care treatments to accelerate healing and prevent complications like tissue death. Call Innovation Medical Group Southwest Territory today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Wounds are injuries that penetrate the skin and can affect the body’s deeper tissues. Most wounds heal on their own, but some don’t. If you have a slow-healing or non-healing wound, your risk of infection, necrosis (tissue death), and septic shock significantly increase. Without treatment, an open wound can even lead to limb amputation.
Most wounds begin healing within two weeks of injury. If yours hasn’t started healing within that time frame, or hasn’t healed within six weeks, you may need professional wound care. Non-healing wounds can affect anybody, but you’re more likely to if you have:
Diabetes is the result of high blood sugar. As high levels of glucose (sugar) damage your blood vessel walls, diabetes can impact your blood circulation. Without a consistent flow of oxygen-rich blood to your tissues, your wound may not heal properly.
Adipose tissue, or body fat, strains the circulatory system and reduces healthy blood flow to your body’s extremities and tissues. The more weight you carry, the harder it is for oxygen-rich blood to reach your wound.
Like diabetes, cardiovascular disease damages the blood vessels and prevents tissue healing. Many people with cardiovascular disease also have diabetes.
Smoking cigarettes, poor nutrition, and inactivity also raise your risk of developing non-healing wounds.
Wound care treatments that the team offers at Innovation Medical Group Southwest Territory include:
Debridement is a minimally invasive procedure that involves carefully removing dead or diseased tissue from a slow-healing wound. During this procedure, the team also eliminates any bacteria in your wound to promote healing. Debridement helps stimulate your body’s natural healing process to repair tissue damage.
A hyperbaric oxygen chamber is a pressurized environment where you inhale pure oxygen. These oxygen levels inside these chambers are up to three times higher than normal rates. Introducing pure oxygen into your blood helps promote healing in your tissues.
Dressing a wound helps accelerate healing and protects the sore from infection. The team may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection.
To learn more about wound care, call Innovation Medical Group Southwest Territory today or schedule an appointment online.