Advanced Wound Management
At Mary Washington Healthcare, we provide state of the art wound healing
services for our Virginia patients. Chronic wounds are also called “non-healing
wounds.” These types of wounds require extensive care and highly
specialized treatment. Our wound healing services are offered in conjunction
with other programs and services designed to facilitate whole-patient
wellness, including infection control, vascular procedures, pain management,
and dietary education / guidance.
The care team at the Wound Healing Center is led by Medical Director
F. Larry Koenig III, MD and also includes
Cornell Shelton, MD;
Elizabeth Bourret, DPM;
Stacie Buck, DPM;
Norman Chang, MD; and
Melissa Gulosh, DPM.
Types of Chronic Wounds
Some examples of chronic wounds include:
- Bone infections
- External ulcers
- Wounds caused by injury
- Complications arising from surgery
- Tissue damage caused by radiation
- Oral wounds
- Venous stasis
- Skin conditions / disorders
- Wound infections
- Crush injuries
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Diabetic ulcers
- Skin flaps / grafts
Chronic wounds are becoming an increasing epidemic in the United States.
Millions of patients nationwide are already suffering from chronic wounds.
Statistics reveal that more than two million Americans will experience
venous ulcers in their lifetimes. Factors that influence the increase
in chronic wounds include diabetes, longer lifespans, and obesity.
Diabetes & Chronic Wounds
Currently, approximately 8% of Americans suffer from diabetes. This means
about 25 million people suffer from diabetes. Diabetes increases your
risk of developing chronic wounds, especially foot ulcers. Individuals
who have diabetes are 10 times more likely to undergo an amputation. About
700,000 people with diabetes require amputation every year.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment at Mary Washington Healthcare
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is an advanced wound healing treatment that
utilizes the healing properties of oxygen in wound management and recovery.
The patient is directed to a pressurized chamber where oxygen is delivered
to his / her bloodstream rapidly and in high volume. This helps to speed
and facilitate the body’s natural self-healing process. Contact
Mary Washington Healthcare to learn more about our hyperbaric oxygen chambers
at the Fredericksburg Wound Healing Center.
What to Expect
The first visit is spent on an initial consultation and examination at
the center. Once this visit is complete, you will be ready to begin your
therapy. When you arrive for therapy, you will receive complete instructions
regarding your treatment.
You must bring an insurance card and physician order for treatment. To
help your visit go more quickly, please print off and complete the following
forms before arriving.
- Patient Contract
- Health Decision Form
- Patient History Form
- Consent for Treatment
- Universal Medication Form