When your open sore, surgical incision or other wound doesn’t heal, trust the experts at UNC Medical Center’s Wound Healing and Limb Preservation Center to help your body recover.
You benefit from our experience and our specialization in preserving limbs for the last 25 years. We see more than 1,500 patients annually, and have participated in the development of most of the novel therapies designed to accelerate wound healing in the last two decades. So you can begin treatment at UNC with the assurance that you’re getting excellent care.
Healing Wounds and Preventing Amputations
Many leg and foot amputations can be prevented by prompt treatment of non-healing ulcers or sores. That’s why it’s important to quickly seek expert care for those wounds. When you choose the Wound Healing and Limb Preservation Center at UNC Medical Center, you’ll receive care not only for your ulcers, but also for the underlying conditions that caused them.
Conditions We Treat
When you experience challenges with non-healing wounds, you want excellent care. We specialize in saving limbs by healing high-risk wounds and treating underlying conditions, but we also evaluate other types of chronic, non-healing wounds. Conditions we treat include:
- Diabetic ulcers: an open sore, usually on the foot, caused by diabetes
- Venous insufficiency: a condition in which your leg veins have difficulty sending blood back to your heart leading to leg swelling and ulceration
- Ischemic ulcers: an open sore, usually on a foot or leg, caused by poor blood flow in your legs
- Post-surgical and wound healing problems
- Vasculitis: inflammation of the blood vessels
- Traumatic ulcers: wounds resulting from traumatic injuries that are resistant to healing with standard techniques
Comprehensive Care from a Multidisciplinary Team
At UNC Medical Center’s Wound Healing and Limb Preservation Center, you’ll work with a team of specialists to create a comprehensive care plan tailored to your condition, goals and lifestyle. Our team includes:
- A podiatrist who specializes in diabetic foot management
- Vascular surgeons who can improve your blood flow to enhance your body’s ability to heal
- A physician with advanced training in wound care who was included in The Best Doctors in America® database in 2013 and 2014
- Nurses trained in the care of chronic wounds
- Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and therapies
Because we work together in one location, you receive the treatment you need more quickly so you can heal faster.
Our Treatments and Services
When you come to our Wound Healing Center, we’ll begin by creating an individualized plan to heal your wounds and prevent future problems. Your plan may include:
- Specialized wound dressings
- Wound bed preparation – a series of treatments designed to replace non-viable tissue in the wound bed with healthy tissue that can support skin growth
- Total contact casting – Gold-standard wound offloading to support optimal healing
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT – Breathing 100 percent oxygen to increase circulation levels and speed healing
- Bio-engineered skin grafting – Replacing damaged skin with living cellular tissue engineered to accelerate wound healing
- Compression therapy – Wearing socks or stockings designed to support your veins and improve circulation
- Minimally invasive techniques to improve limb circulation through angioplasty, stenting and vein ablation
- Managing swelling in your legs, ankles or feet through medications, surgery or other treatments
Your Partner in Healing
Once your treatment plan is in place, you’ll visit the Wound Healing and Limb Preservation Center regularly and also maintain a detailed home care program. Follow your doctor’s recommendations to achieve the best possible outcome.
We’ll also connect you with physical therapists, dermatologists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, diabetes education experts, or other UNC specialists who can aid your recovery and help you prevent future chronic wounds.