Advanced Wound Care


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Article by Dr. Misako McLeod, DPM

Wound care is not simple and requires a thorough knowledge of the the physiology and type of wound one is attempting to heal. There are different types of wounds. The main types are:

Every wound must be evaluated thoroughly and infection must be ruled out and eradicated. X-rays, bone scans, MRI and a variety of other imaging studies may be used to detect possible bone infection.

Today, more advanced wound care techniques have evolved such as plastic surgery closure techniques, biosynthetic grafts, amniotic placental based grafts, and hyperbaric medicine.

 

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Dr. McLeod specializes in the treatment of complicated wounds and uses all modalities to heal wounds, from office based care to plastic surgery techniques. She employes the most scientifically advanced techniques such amniotic placental based injectable and onlay grafts and soft tissue expanders for severe diabetic infections requiring a more complex closure.

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Dr. McLeod uses a multi-disciplinary approach to healing wounds by  consultation with vascular surgeons, infectious disease specialist, hyperbaric medicine, and plastic surgeons when needed.

After wounds are healed and amputation has been avoided, the patient is then started on an Amputation Prevention Program which consists of patient education,  high risk foot care, and the proper fitting of custom made insoles and shoes to prevent further skin ulceration and break down. This comprehensive program is designed not only to treat and heal wounds, but serves to educate the patient about how to prevent future problems and avoid the risks of amputation.

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