UNC Vascular Specialties
Wound Care / Hyperbarics
A problem wound is one that has not sufficiently healed within two weeks, though chronic wounds have been known to affect some patients for years. Problem wounds may result from diabetes, vascular disease, trauma, or complications from surgery in patients who have difficulty healing.
UNC is unique in that our Wound Healing and Podiatry Clinic is multi-disciplinary, with a focus on vascular surgery and podiatry. Our state-of-the-art outpatient, hospital-based facility provides the most advanced therapies available, allowing our staff to focus on providing a comprehensive and individualized plan of care for each patient, with an emphasis on limb salvage and closure for difficult wounds.
One important treatment in the Wound Healing and Podiatry Clinic is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). In this treatment, patients relax in a chamber pressurized at 2.4 atmospheres and breathe 100% oxygen, allowing their bodies to absorb a higher-than-normal concentration of oxygen, which speeds up the healing process. The treatment has been found very effective in treating approved indications that include diabetic ulcer of the lower extremities, soft tissue radionecrosis, chronic refractory osteomyelitis, compromised skin flap/graft, crush injury, and acute peripheral arterial insufficiency.
The Wound Healing and Podiatry Clinic at UNC has earned a #1 designation for patient satisfaction, and has an average healing rate of 89%.