Experts estimate nearly five million Americans have some form of a non-healing wound. Wounds that have not healed in 4 weeks, or completely resolved within 8 weeks, are called chronic wounds. Chronic wounds resist healing after months, and sometimes years, of traditional treatment. We offer leading-edge wound care services at our Hyde Park and UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial locations.
Not surprisingly, chronic wounds can exact a toll far beyond the pain and discomfort of the wound itself. They often cause individuals to lose their mobility, leading to a decline in general health and emotional well-being. Without effective treatment, chronic wound sufferers may become disabled, unable to work and dependent on care from their families.
Individual Assessments and Treatment
Patients will receive a thorough individualized assessment, a risk factor evaluation and education for wound care and prevention.
Following a full wound assessment and physician referral, we provide comprehensive care for:
- Chronic non-healing wounds
- Diabetic wounds and diabetes foot problems
- Chronic bone infections
- Arterial or venous problems
- Skin grafts and flaps
- Wounds related to blood loss (anemia)
- Radiation injury
- Ischemic ulcers
- Colostomy – ileostomy + ileo conduits
- Amputation complications
- Pressure sores
- Feeding tube management and replacement
Other common conditions treated are carbon monoxide poisoning, crush injuries, gas gangrene, necrotizing soft tissue infections and chronic osteomyelitis.
- Specialized intervention and preventive measures
- Integrated Home Care referrals
- Onsite physical therapy for lymphedema and wound management
- Lymphedema evaluation and management
- Vacuum assisted closure
- Ostomy clinic
- Wound clinic
- On-site prosthetics for amputations, shoes, orthotics and braces
Wound Care at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
We offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to treat chronic wounds. During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a patient breathes pure oxygen while cradled in a special pressurized chamber. This allows greater amounts of oxygen to be dissolved into the bloodstream and carried to body tissues that need healing.
Our Harvey location has three hyperbaric chambers, capable of treating up to 15 patients a day.