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Wound Healing Services at UPMC East – Irwin Annex

Do you or someone you know suffer from a chronic or hard-to-heal wound?

If so, UPMC Wound Healing Services at UPMC East – Irwin Annex, can help. We provide complete, patient-centered treatments to help every wound heal in a timely manner.

To learn more, or to make an appointment with our wound specialists, call 412-664-2400.

What Is a Chronic Wound?

A chronic wound is any injury to the skin that doesn't heal.

These wounds can result from:

  • Diabetes
  • Vascular disease
  • Other chronic diseases
  • Infections
  • Poor circulation
  • Sustained pressure
  • Late effects of radiation
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Surgical dehiscence

Our experts may be able to help if your wound hasn't healed:

  • By at least 50 percent after four weeks.
  • Fully after eight weeks.

We help our patients overcome nonhealing wounds with great results, and our specialists are experts in preventing recurrence. We pride ourselves on treating any type of wound, even complex ones or that have failed treatment elsewhere.

Common wounds we treat include:

  • Arterial/ischemic ulcers
  • Burns
  • Crush injuries
  • Diabetic leg and foot wounds
  • Failed skin grafts or flaps
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Nonhealing, post-surgical wounds
  • Pressure sores
  • Skin ulcers on the leg
  • Trauma wounds
  • Venous insufficiency and lymphatic disorders
  • Other slow-to-heal or nonhealing wounds

Your Wound Assessment and Treatment Plan

We offer a comprehensive and coordinated approach to treatment that begins with a thorough assessment asking:

  • Why has the wound formed?
  • What is your lifestyle?
  • What additional factors are contributing to why the wound isn't healing?

The assessment may include a:

  • Review of your past medical history.
  • Bone scan, MRI scan, or X-rays
  • Tissue sample for further study in the lab.
  • Studies to assess blood flow.

From these tests, our doctors learn vital information about your tissue oxygenation. We also find out if an infection is complicating the healing process.

After this assessment, your doctor designs a treatment plan based on those results.

Your wound care plan may include one or more of the following:

  • Advanced wound dressings
  • Bio-engineered skin substitutes
  • Compression wraps
  • Education
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Nutrition consults
  • Offloading devices
  • Vacuum-assisted closure
  • Wound debridement

A Multidisciplinary Team Approach

Wound Healing Services at UPMC East – Irwin Annex partners with various specialists to diagnose, treat, and heal your wound.

Our team consults with:

  • Ear, nose, and throat doctors
  • Endocrinologists
  • Infectious disease doctors
  • Pain management specialists
  • Physical therapists
  • Plastic surgeons
  • Podiatrists
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Vascular surgeons

Our team closely follows the wound healing process and informs your family doctor of your care plan and progress along the way.

Meet our Provider

Marc E. Cordero, MD, is chief of the Division of General Surgery at UPMC East. He is medical director of both Wound Healing Services at UPMC East and Wound Healing Services at UPMC East – Irwin Annex, as well as co-director of the UPMC McKeesport Center for Wound Healing.

Dr. Cordero is board certified in Surgery, and his specialties include advanced wound care and diagnostic and surgical laparoscopy. In addition to his clinical appointments, Dr. Cordero serves as a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Contact Wound Healing Services at UPMC East – Irwin Annex

To learn more, or to make an appointment with our wound specialists, call 412-664-2400.

Our clinic is conveniently located off of U.S. Route 30 in Irwin.

Wound Healing Services at UPMC East – Irwin Annex
905 Spruce Street, First Floor
Irwin, PA 15642

Local Wound Healing Clinics

In addition to our location in Irwin, UPMC Wound Healing Services has clinics at UPMC East and UPMC McKeesport. Learn more about these locations:

Wound Healing Services at UPMC East

Wound Healing Services at UPMC McKeesport