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Wound Care Treatment at UPMC in Central Pa.

The wound care specialists at UPMC in Central Pa. will create an individualized treatment plan to help you heal faster with less discomfort. We will work with you, your loved ones and your referring physician to treat your wound and identify any conditions that contribute to wound development and impaired healing.

You will undergo a thorough diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound. The initial appointment consists of a full assessment of the wound, the appropriate classification and size of the wound, the overall health status of the patient and the patient’s ability to comply with needed therapies.

Your wound care treatment plan may include:

  • Removing nonliving tissue, or debridement
  • Antibiotics
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Treatment of underlying health conditions
  • Adjustments to medication, diet or lifestyle
  • Care coordination among health care providers
  • Laboratory tests
  • Chemical cauterizations
  • Compression
  • Bioengineered skin substitutes
  • Transcutaneous oxygen monitoring (TCOM)
  • Arobella™ ultra-sonic debridement

Diabetic Wound Care

One of the most common complications associated with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes is delayed wound healing. If left untreated, wounds can lead to infection, amputation, and even death. Diabetes is a leading cause of non-traumatic lower limb amputation in the United States. So no matter how small or superficial a wound is, you should not ignore it if you have diabetes. Knowing how to treat minor wounds will help you avoid infection and speed healing. As part of our multidisciplinary care team, our board-certified podiatrists and surgeons specialize in wound care treatment of the lower legs and feet.

A diabetic patient with a non-healing wound of the lower extremity can now undergo hyperbaric treatments if they meet the following three criteria:

  • Patient has Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and has a lower extremity wound due to the diabetes
  • The patient's wound is classified as Wagner grade III or higher
  • The patient has failed an adequate course of standard wound therapy

Wound Care Education

Our staff goes beyond treating your wound by helping you address underlying conditions that contribute to your wound problems. We will educate you on lifestyle or health modifications that will help prevent wounds and promote healing. We will also make sure you have a full understanding of how to take the best possible care of your wound at home. You will receive instructions, at each visit, on specifically how to care for your wound at each stage of the healing process.

Wound Care Technology

As part of our commitment to providing the best treatment using the latest technology, we use state-of-the-art equipment, including:

  • Electronic medical record storage and transmission. Our staff will send a customized report, complete with pictures of your wound, to your referring physician.
  • Transcutaneous oxygen monitor. Measures oxygen circulation and monitors your wound’s potential for healing. This device helps our doctors decide if hyperbaric oxygen therapy is right for you.
  • Arobella Qoustic Wound Therapy System™. Uses ultrasonic technology to remove tissue while reducing pain and bacteria on the wound surface. This device provides an alternative to removing tissue using a scalpel or other sharp instrument.

Our Providers

Need more information?

Many of our providers offer video visits. Call the office or schedule via your patient portal.

  • Carlisle: 717-243-1900
  • Mechanicsburg: 717-791-2440
  • Harrisburg: 717-671-2050
  • Hanover: 717-316-6999
  • Lancaster (Wound Healing Center): 717-299-3020

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