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What You Need to Know About Wound Care


If you have a wound that has not started to heal in 2 weeks or has not completely healed in 6 weeks, you may have a non-healing wound.

The most common types of non-healing wounds include:
People who are at highest risk for non-healing wounds include:
Other reasons that wounds may not heal well may include:

Slow healing acute or chronic wounds often take month to heal if not treated appropriately. The older and more delayed wound healing becomes, the less likely and more difficult it is to achieve an optimal and durable healed wound.

WOUND HEALING IS A RACE…IT IS A RACE BETWEEN THE WOUND BECOMING FULLY HEALED OR GETTING INFECTED AND DETERIORATING.

The good news is, help is available!

Meet Our New Wound Care Specialist, Dr. Larry Suecof, DPM

Dr. Larry Suecof is one of the national leaders in wound care and has extensive expertise in limb salvage, including inpatient and outpatient care of wounds/ ulcerations, bone infections, and abscesses of the foot, ankle, and leg.

He joins Dr. Anthony Babigian, a Starling podiatrist serving the New Britain community, who is also experienced in managing wounds and providing treatment to heal wounds and minimize risk of infection.

What to Expect at a Wound Care Visit

When you seek care from a wound specialist, the goal is to stabilize the would while initiating therapy to promote healing. Patient education while being treated and after healing is achieved then becomes the basis for prevention, which is the ultimate long term goal for patient and doctor.                                               

During your visit, your doctor will:
Treatment goals include:

In order to treat your wound, we realize that every patient and every wound is different. Delayed wound healing frequently has multiple factors at play and understanding the wound healing in each person is patient specific, every patient will have a personalized treatment plan that is optional for their particular wound.

Treatment Options

There are different treatment options that will depend on the severity and location of the wound.

Vascular Evaluation and Consultation

The lifeblood and basis of all wound healing is blood supply which brings oxygen to the wound area. NO WOUND WILL HEAL WITHOUT ADEQUATE OXYGEN SUPPLY BROUGHT BY WAY OF OUR BLOOD VESSELS.

For this reason, circulatory evaluation is imperative and remains the basis of all initial evaluations. A wound care specialist provides an initial circulatory evaluation and will decide if you will need further workup by a vascular surgeon prior to the initiation or continuation of wound healing therapy.

Debridement

Debridement is the process of removing unhealthy devitalized tissue both surrounding and within the wound/ulcer. This tissue generally needs to be removed to help your wound heal. There are many ways to do this. Depending on the type and placement of the wound, as well as patients medical condition, debridement of the wound will be debrided in office at the time of their visit, Occasionally, local anesthesia is requirement. On a very rare occasion, sedation anesthesia is required in an outpatient or inpatient setting.

Surgical debridement uses appropriate sterile instruments to:

Other ways to remove dead or infected tissue are:

Keeping the wound covered

After the wound is clean, your doctor will apply a dressing to keep the wound moist and help prevent infection. There are many different types of dressings, including:

We may use one or multiple types of dressings as your wound heals.

Additional treatment options

Your doctor may recommend other types of treatment, including:

Follow-up Care

You may need to return multiple times to receive treatment for your wound. Our team will provide instructions and education on caring for your wound at home in between visits. Depending on your needs, you may also receive help with or be referred for:

When to Call Your Doctor

You should call our office if you notice signs of infection, such as:

We can be reached night and day. Our answering service is available to take calls after hours.

Don’t Wait!

Neglecting a wound can be very dangerous. Any wound in any patient that is not healing properly is an invitation for infection and potentially limb or life altering complications.

Dr. Suecof is now scheduling visits in Enfield and Glastonbury.
Call (860) 721-5733  

Dr. Babigian sees patients in New Britain.
Call (860) 832-4666