New Hanover Regional Medical Center Wound Care Clinic is dedicated to healing wounds, preventing lower limb loss and optimizing outcomes for patients in an outpatient setting.
If you or a loved one has a wound that is of concern or is not healing properly, you may have what is referred to as a complex or non-healing wound.
Often complicated by underlying conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems or previous radiation treatment, the simplest of wounds can turn into a significant problem because the body’s normal healing process is affected. Other types of hard-to-heal wounds result from pressure, trauma or infection. Complex or non-healing wounds can have serious health consequences and may adversely affect your quality of life.
What You Can Expect From Our Wound Care Clinic
Your course of treatment depends on what type of wound you have. During your first visit, our staff will evaluate your wound and review your medical history. You may also need special tests that give us information about circulation and infection. This will help to determine what course of treatment you will need.
Once a treatment plan has been prescribed, you will visit the wound healing center weekly for specialized treatments and documentation of your healing progress. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome. Some things you can do to assist with your healing:
- Care for your wound at home as directed by the wound care team
- Take medications as directed
- Return for your follow-up appointments
- Keep regular appointments with your primary care physician while you are receiving wound care treatment