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Management of Non-Healing & Chronic Wounds

Chronic Non-Healing Wound Management in Las Vegas NV, & Brooklyn NY

Chronic, non-healing wounds are very painful and negatively impact the quality of life. Dr. Salvatore C. Guadino, D.P.M., and Jesse Harvey offer a wide range of services, such as evaluations, debridement, wound dressing, wound cleaning, and wound management. Certain therapies are occasionally used to treat persistent wounds, including compression therapy, the use of skin substitutes (or patches), and more. Chronic non-healing wounds fail to recover in the typical stages of wound healing in an ordered and appropriate manner. To learn more, contact us or book an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Las Vegas NV, & Brooklyn NY.

Management of Non-Healing & Chronic Wounds Near Me in Las Vegas NV, & Brooklyn NY
Management of Non-Healing & Chronic Wounds Near Me in Las Vegas NV, & Brooklyn NY

Table of Contents:

What is a non-healing wound?
What are the causes of chronic non-healing wounds?
What is the difference between a non-healing wound and a chronic wound?
What is the treatment for chronic non-healing wounds?

What is a non-healing wound?


A non-healing wound refers to a chronic wound that fails to progress through the normal stages of repair within a reasonable timeframe, resulting in incomplete restoration of the affected area’s structure and function. Typically, there is an underlying physiological impairment that hinders or prevents the proper healing of the wound.

Factors such as poor circulation, infection, and underlying medical conditions contribute to this delayed healing process. Studies estimate that approximately 1 to 2 percent of individuals in developed countries will experience a chronic wound at some point in their lives, with approximately 6.5 million patients affected in the United States alone.

Chronic wounds are generally defined as wounds that persist for at least four weeks and are categorized into four main types: pressure ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, venous ulcers, and arterial insufficiency ulcers.

What are the causes of chronic non-healing wounds?


Chronic non-healing wounds can stem from various causes, including poor circulation, infection, and underlying medical conditions. Poor circulation, also known as impaired blood flow, can significantly hinder the healing process. When blood flow to the affected area is compromised, it restricts the delivery of essential nutrients, oxygen, and immune cells necessary for wound repair.

Infections play a crucial role in impeding wound healing. When bacteria or other pathogens invade a wound, they can lead to persistent inflammation, delay tissue regeneration, and even cause tissue damage. The presence of infection not only slows down the healing process but can also increase the risk of complications.

Underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, autoimmune disorders, vascular diseases, and certain types of cancer, can also contribute to the development of chronic non-healing wounds. These conditions often compromise the body’s natural healing mechanisms, impair the immune system’s response, and weaken the overall health of tissues, making it challenging for wounds to progress through the normal healing stages.

What is the difference between a non-healing wound and a chronic wound?


The terms “non-healing wound” and “chronic wound” are typically used interchangeably, but there is a distinction between the two.

A non-healing wound is a wound that is characterized by failing to progress through the normal stages of healing within an expected timeframe. It may exhibit signs of stagnation or show minimal improvement despite appropriate care and treatment.

On the other hand, a chronic wound refers to a wound that persists for an extended period and does not show signs of healing within the expected time frame. Chronic wounds are often defined as wounds that fail to heal within approximately four weeks. These wounds may remain open, exhibit delayed or stagnant healing, or experience recurring episodes of breakdown and healing.

Chronic wounds can be caused by various factors such as underlying medical conditions, poor circulation, infection, or other physiological impairments. It is also possible for a non-healing wound to become a chronic non-healing wound when it meets the criteria of failing to heal within four weeks.

Ask your medical provider about how skin substitutes (patches) can enhance the healing process.

What is the treatment for chronic non-healing wounds?


Treatment for chronic non-healing wounds is tailored to each patient’s specific situation and is determined by a wound care specialist. The first step is to gather information about the patient and their wound history to understand the underlying causes and determine the most appropriate course of action. Addressing the root causes of the wound is often necessary before effective healing can take place.
There are several common treatments that wound care specialists may employ to manage chronic non-healing wounds. Debridement, the process of removing damaged or dead tissue, is commonly performed to facilitate healing and prevent infection.

Nutritional support and lifestyle recommendations play a vital role in promoting the body’s healing processes. Compression therapy is used to reduce venous pressure, decrease edema, and improve blood circulation.

Additional treatments may include biopsies to evaluate the cause of the non-healing wound, cryotherapy to stimulate the body’s natural healing response and reduce inflammation, and the use of antibiotics and topical medications to manage the infection and promote wound healing. Adjunctive therapies such as oxygen therapy and pressure therapy may also be utilized to enhance the healing process. Don’t forget to ask your wound care specialists if skin substitutes will help the healing process. Often times they will because they typically speed the healing process.

Chronic non-healing wounds occur when internal tissue is exposed to the outside environment and do not heal within 4-8 weeks. Chronic wounds can lead to serious consequences if left untreated. Chronic non-healing wound management is available at Diabetes & Wound Specialists Affiliate locations. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online.  We have convenient locations to serve you. We serve patients from Las Vegas NV, Brooklyn NY, Spring Valley NV, Paradise NV, Manhattan NY, Jamaica NY, Summerlin NV, Henderson NV, Bay Ridge NY, Fort Hamilton NY, and surrounding areas.


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