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Dr. Michael Hurwitz explains what to do if a wound is not healing

A patient with a wound that is not healing properly should first consult with their physician to determine the correct course of action. Types of conditions that physicians recommend for specialized care can include: diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, a chronic wound from radiation therapy, or a skin injury that won’t heal. Even seemingly small diabetic foot wounds, if unrecognized or undertreated, can rapidly progress, resulting in infection, amputation and loss of mobility, and sometimes permanent disability.

Hoag offers state-of-the-art outpatient clinical wound management through Hoag Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. Hoag’s team of highly trained physician specialists, wound care nurses and wound-certified physical therapists work in partnership with each patient’s primary care physician to design and implement a treatment plan based upon scientifically proven clinical guidelines for each patient’s unique needs.

During initial evaluation, specialists at Hoag’s wound healing center will identify factors that adversely affect healing, such as peripheral arterial disease or chronic infection. Depending on the condition identified, available therapies may be offered to stimulate tissue re-growth and healing, including the use of living cell skin substitutes and hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy. If you feel you may have a problem wound, speak with your physician immediately as early detection and treatment is key.

Michael Hurwitz, M.D.​ is located at Hoag Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at 520 Superior Ave., Suite #140, Newport Beach, CA 92663. To schedule an appointment, call 949/764-5365.