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%.


William Marston, MD
Blair Keagy, MD
Howard Kashefsky, DPM
Joseph Fulton, MD
Peter Ford, MD
Mark Farber, MD

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Call the Heart & Vascular Center referral line at 866-862-4327 to find specialists, make an appointment or learn more about preventing heart disease.

Open Access is a new physician referral service, created by the UNC Center for Heart & Vascular Care, which coordinates all admissions and transfers through a single phone call and guarantees immediate acceptance for patients. Please contact us to learn more or call 866-862-4327.

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