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Wound care

Wound care involves medical interventions to heal a wound after injury. Specialized treatment is provided for wounds that are nonhealing or refuse to heal on their own. A vital aspect of treatment includes learning how to properly dress and care for a wound.

Wound care specialists in Virginia

Our goal is to restore your health through careful treatment of your nonhealing and chronic wounds.

At HCA Virginia Health System, our experienced wound care specialists diagnose and treat chronic wounds by creating a treatment plan tailored to your needs. As your partner in healing, we want you to feel cared for and understood. We work with you and your referring doctor, as well as collaborate with other specialized physicians, such as vascular surgeons, when necessary, to promote proper, complete wound healing.

Types of wounds we treat

Our wound care specialists provide wound management for a wide range of acute and chronic, slow-healing wounds, including:

  • Arterial ulcers
  • Bone or soft tissue infection
  • Chemical, electrical, thermal and friction burns
  • Crush injuries
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Gas gangrene infection
  • Immunosuppressive-related wounds
  • Malnutrition wounds
  • Medical and surgical conditions
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Radiation treatment wounds
  • Surgery-related wounds
  • Tissue and bone infections
  • Vascular disease wounds
  • Venous leg ulcers

Our wound care services

Our specialists provide advanced treatments to successfully treat wounds that haven't healed with standard care.

Our wound care services and treatments

Our wound clinics offer the full spectrum of wound treatments and services to help you heal, such as:

  • Advanced dressing regimens
  • Arteriography (X-ray of the blood vessels)
  • Assessment and documentation of wounds
  • Assistance with ordering garments
  • Bioengineered skin substitutes
  • Burn treatment
  • Cleansing of the wound and surrounding tissue
  • Compression therapy
  • Debridement (removal of dead tissue)
  • Diagnostic digital imaging
  • Doppler technology and transcutaneous oxygen monitoring
  • Hyperbaric oxygen treatment
  • Radiological imaging and vascular studies
  • Selection and application of wound dressing
  • Total contact cast
Advanced dressing regimens

Our wound healing specialists employ moist wound care principles and use advanced technologies, such as the negative pressure device, biological skin substitutes and multilayer compression wraps.

Burn treatment

If you have sustained severe burns, we have a burn care program equipped and staffed 24/7 to treat patients with the most severe burn injuries. Advanced burn care is provided by a multidisciplinary team, including burn surgeons, physical therapists, occupational therapists, plastic surgeons and other medical professionals.

Diabetic ulcer treatment

If you have diabetes, it is common to develop foot ulcers as a result of vascular complications. To help you heal, we offer diabetic foot wound care as part of our diabetes program. Our wound specialists provide ulcer assessment, diabetic wound care and education to help you heal and prevent future foot ulcers.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)

Our hospitals were the first in central Virginia to offer HBOT, an advanced treatment for wound healing. Typically an outpatient treatment, HBOT involves breathing pure oxygen in a sealed, pressurized environment to help push more oxygen into your blood plasma. This promotes healing by enhancing the white blood cells' ability to fight infection and stimulating the growth of new blood vessels.

Wound care physical therapy

Depending on the type of wound you have, our physical therapists may collaborate with your wound doctor for your treatment. Physical therapists provide a range of wound services, including wound cleaning, debridement and application of dressings. They can also provide physical therapy to promote wound healing.

Our multidisciplinary wound care teams

Our wound clinics feature teams of medical professionals from different specialties who work together to ensure you receive comprehensive wound treatment. You benefit from the combined expertise of:

  • Diabetic counselors
  • Endocrinologists
  • Home health providers
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Physical therapists
  • Plastic surgeons
  • Social workers
  • Vascular surgeons
  • Wound care doctors

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