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Wound Care

Choose UNC Rockingham Wound Healing Center for skilled care that supports healing and improves your quality of life.

When to See a Wound Specialist

A chronic wound lasts for a long time and doesn’t heal on its own in 30 days. Turn to our experts if you have a lingering wound and self-care or treatment from your primary care provider (PCP) does not help it heal.

You may benefit from wound healing services at UNC Rockingham if:

  • The wound covers a large part of the body
  • The wound has signs of infection, such as drainage, swelling, redness, and pain
  • The wound is in a location that makes it hard to heal or treat at home, or the affected part of the body lacks feeling
  • You have trouble moving
  • You have a health condition that decreases your ability to heal, such as diabetes or poor blood flow (circulation)
  • You have a history of non-healing wounds
  • Your body does not get enough nutrition due to a health condition or poor diet
  • You have a suppressed immune system due to a health condition like HIV/AIDS or medical treatments such as chemotherapy

Types of Wounds We Treat

You’ll be the focus of a team with the experience to treat:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers, open sores that happen due to injury and may lead to infection
  • Diabetes osteomyelitis, a complication of diabetic foot ulcers that causes swelling and pain
  • Lymphedema, swelling in an arm or leg that may happen during cancer treatment
  • Open wounds, a break in the skin that’s at risk for infection
  • Pressure ulcers, or injuries to the skin from pressure, moisture, and friction
  • Severe or large burns
  • Surgical wounds
  • Toe infection
  • Varicose veins, twisted and enlarged veins that may be painful
  • Venous skin ulcers, sores on the lower leg from low blood flow

At Your First Appointment

During your first visit to the wound healing center, your provider will do an examination and ask about your symptoms. You’ll talk about your medical history, current medications you take, and any treatments you’ve tried to heal the wound. Then, you and your provider will work together to create a plan that helps you heal while preventing infection and other complications.

Your Treatment Plan

Depending on your condition and symptoms, you’ll receive:

  • Education on wound prevention and eating a healthy diet
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
  • Lymphedema therapy, which may include wrapping and referral to a physical or occupational therapist
  • Skin substitute or tissue application to the wound
  • Total contact casting (TCC), uses a special cast to relieve pressure on a foot wound so it can heal
  • Vacuum-assisted closure of a wound, or wound vac, which gently removes fluid from a wound to clean it and decreases swelling

The amount of time it takes your wound to heal depends on many factors. Rely on your providers to answer your questions and provide support every step of the way.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Count on UNC Rockingham for advanced HBOT treatments. HBOT takes place in a special chamber where you breathe in pure oxygen. This helps improve your body’s ability to heal itself.

What to Expect

Each appointment will take two hours and 10 minutes, with 90 minutes spent in the chamber. When you arrive, your HBOT technician will check your blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

While in the chamber, you can relax and watch TV. You can drink water from a special bottle we provide. Your technician will stay in the room for the entire session, and you will be able to talk to them.

How Many HBOT Treatments Will I Need?

Most patients need 12 to 30 HBOT sessions to heal fully. Depend on your care team to track your progress.

Your Care Team

Feel confident you’ll receive care that follows high standards to protect your safety and well-being. Your care team may include:

  • Doctors and nurses who specialize in wound care
  • HBOT technician

Trust your wound care providers to communicate with your PCP, so they stay up to date about your treatment plan and progress, and you receive the safest, most effective care possible.

Learn More About Wound Care

Call the UNC Rockingham Wound Healing Center at 336-627-0295 if you have a question or want to learn more about our services.

Ask for a Referral

Ask your primary care provider for a referral for wound care services at UNC Rockingham. Call 336-627-6184 to schedule an appointment.

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