Hard-to-heal wounds are no match for NMC Health wound care
Have a wound that just won’t heal? We can help. The NMC Health wound care staff specialize in treatment plans based on your specific type of wound and its underlying cause. Our team of specialists has specific training in the most advanced techniques available for the treatment of chronic wounds.
Led by full-time wound care provider, Dr. Marnie Van Becelaere and Medical Director Dr. John McEachern, our team includes doctors who work in general surgery, infectious disease and orthopedics.
With the latest wound-healing technology such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy and advanced biologic dressings, our expert team helps treat hard-to-heal wounds.
What we treat
We offer advanced wound treatment for chronic or hard-to-heal wounds, including:
- Diabetic ulcers
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Post-operative wounds
- Pressure ulcers (bed sores)
- Spider bites
- Traumatic wounds
- Venous stasis ulcers (weeping lower legs)
Using state-of-the-art equipment and drawing on the experience of specialists from many fields, we offer:
- Evaluation and management of non-healing wounds
- Surgical debridement (removing tissue)
- Advanced dressings
- Biological dressings
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Inpatient and outpatient consultations
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 or visit the NMC Health Medical Center Emergency Department.
Advanced Biologic Dressings
NMC Health Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center uses advanced biologic dressings in the healing of wounds. Biologic dressings have been shown to achieve higher rate of wound closure in difficult-to-treat wounds compared to other treatments.
The types of dressings used at NMC Health are naturally derived from human tissue. The primary function of these living cell dressings is to give the structural support to new cell growth. The also change a wound’s microenvironment, by stimulating cell growth and inhibiting scar formation.
Wounds treated with biologic dressings include:
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Pyoderma ganrenosum
- Surgical dehiscence
- Venous leg ulcers
In addition, all of our providers are specially trained to use advanced biologic dressings.
Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society Accreditation
NMC Health’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center has received accreditation from the Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). UHMS accreditation recognizes those facilities that meet or exceed the highest standards of care and patient safety through rigorous evaluation of the facility’s operation. NMC is the first in Central Kansas and the second in the whole state to receive this distinction.
Cost-Effective Wound Management Award
In partnership with Midwest Hyperbaric LLC, NMC Health’s Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center was awarded the Cost-Effective Wound Management Award from the Journal of Wound Care (JWC). This award was presented to the two organizations for taking evidence-based, cost-effective measures to ensure better healing of wounds. Their work streamlined formulary products and patient training for consistent quality patient care and efficiency. This resulted in reduced waste and improved outcomes.
No. You do not need a referral to make an appointment at NMC Health Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center unless your insurance requires one. You can make an appointment with any of our specialists by calling (316) 804-6160.
There could be many reasons your wound isn’t healing properly. Some of the most common reasons a wound doesn’t heal include:
- Circulatory problems
- Traumatic injury
- Infection in the wound
- Other diseases
If you have a wound that isn’t healing, give us a call. We can help determine why and provide a custom treatment plan to get your wound healing back on track.
Lack of blood flowing to the wound or a missignaling to your body’s natural healing process can sometimes cause wounds to be harder to heal. Other wounds can become infected, which make them more difficult to heal. Sometimes, poor general nutrition can affect wound healing. There are a lot of different elements that can impact a wound’s ability to heal. The best way you can avoid this is by having a conversation with your family doctor if you notice a wound not healing properly.
Millions of Americans suffer from hard-to-heal wounds each year. Many of them have diseases such as diabetes. If you are living with diabetes, you are at an increased risk for chronic wounds.
If you have mobility issues or are unable to be active, you could be at risk for pressure ulcers.
Other common conditions that put you at risk include:
- Issues with your veins and circulation
- Varicose veins
- Radiation therapy
- Surgical incisions
- Bone infections
- Insect bites
Call the NMC Health Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center to make an appointment if you have a wound that is:
- Not healing after several weeks or months
- Draining discolored fluid
- Very painful or smells bad
- Swelling or has increased redness around the wound
Recovery and healing time can vary from person to person. There is no clear-cut answer for how long it will take for your wound to heal. It depends on several factors, including your overall health and the severity of the wound. When you team up with NMC Health Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center, our expert team can walk you through the process and expectations based on your condition. You will work closely with them with a customized treatment plan. This team approach is crucial in your wound healing journey.
The majority of chronic wounds are easy to prevent. If you live with diabetes, be sure you are wearing shoes that fit to prevent sores from appearing on your feet. Check your feet daily so issues are recognized early.
For those who might be bedridden or unable to move much, be sure to change positions often so pressure sores don’t develop on the hips, heels or other areas of the body.
The best way to prevent wound healing issues is to have a healthy diet, get enough exercise and avoid smoking.