A non-healing wound may be painful and affect your quality of life. More seriously, a complicated long-term non-healing wound that has been left untreated or has not responded to treatment may result in an infection that may require amputation to prevent the infection from spreading throughout your body. The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton specializes in treating non-healing wounds on the foot, ankle, leg, hand, wrist, or arm to preserve the affected area and limb.
Any type of non-healing wound can be a limb-threatening situation. People with circulation problems, such as peripheral arterial disease and the small vessel disease associated with diabetes, are most susceptible for risk of amputation because wounds without blood flow cannot heal. Also neuropathy or reduced or lack of sensation to the extremities, most associated with diabetics, often causes the formation of open wounds. The lack of pain protection and limited stimulation of the immune system impacts a wounds ability to be healed. Any open wound can lead to infection of the tissue or deeper to the bones. These limb preservation or limb salvage techniques are also used for limbs that have been severely injured or crushed from a traumatic event.
Dedicated to the functional preservation of limbs, the limb preservation specialists on our medical staff combine skill, expertise, and advanced technology to assess your situation and tailor an individualized treatment approach. Our multidisciplinary team coordinates with you and your physician to save your limb and to prevent further issues.
The specialists on The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton medical staff are experts in advanced limb preservation techniques including:
The specialists on our medical staff are also experts at treating Charcot Foot, a condition affecting people with neuropathy in which the bones and joints in the foot become susceptible to break down because of nerve damage (neuropathy). Charcot Foot can lead to limb threatening deformities if untreated, which eventually may lead to amputation. Treatments for Charcot Foot may include surgery or the use of external fixators. External fixation and the Ilizarov method are used to immobilize the leg and foot and help realign deformities. External fixation uses a scaffold-like device secured to the leg and foot to keep it from moving. The device holds the bones in place to facilitate healing. Following successful treatment for Charcot Foot, many guests experience better mobility and fewer wound problems. The Comprehensive Wound & Vascular Center at The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton is one of a handful of centers in the area offering this complex and innovative approach to Charcot Foot.
The lower extremity limb preservation experts on our medical staff also specialize in treatment for nerve compression/entrapment syndromes, especially in patients with diabetic neuropathy. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common type of nerve entrapment syndrome in the upper extremity. This same process can occur in other nerves throughout the body such as those in the lower extremity. When a nerve is compressed, it becomes irritated and can cause tingling, numbness and pain. Left untreated, the nerve can become permanently damaged with weakness, muscle loss, and chronic wounds as a result. The podiatric surgeons on the medical staff at The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton are but a handful in the area trained to perform these specialized nerve decompression procedures on the nerves in the lower limbs. The surgery helps to alleviate pain and restore feeling and movement to the limb reducing the risk for ulceration and Charcot Foot.
To learn more about the Comprehensive Wound & Vascular Care Center at The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton, please call 940.220.0887.
Physicians are members of the medical staff at one of Baylor Health Care System's subsidiary, community or affiliated medical centers and are neither employees nor agents of those medical centers, The Heart Hospital Baylor Denton or Baylor Health Care System.