SMC Wound Care Overview

What is SMC Wound Care?

Do you have a wound that will not heal?

Do you have diabetes and have a non-healing wound on your foot?

Have you had recent surgery and the incision is not healing?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you may need to seek treatment at SMC Wound Care immediately. For a consultation, call 856-878-6884 or request an appointment through SMC’s Patient Portal.

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FAQs

What is SMC Wound Care?

Salem Medical Center Wound Care provides care to those suffering from non-healing wounds all in one location. A comprehensive Wound Care department is a coordinated outpatient unit that utilizes the latest techniques and procedures to provide the best chance of healing.

Who will provide my care?

Our Wound Care department is staffed with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, along with nurses and technicians with advanced training in wound care, who will customize the most effective treatment plan to stimulate healing.

SMC Wound Care is staffed by surgeons, podiatrists and dedicated nurses providing the most advanced healing options to patients. The team’s goal is to help the patient heal as quickly and completely as possible.

As wound healing specialists, our clinicians have a proven track record of healing wounds — even wounds that have not responded to other treatments.

What causes non-healing wounds?

A wound that is not healing properly may be complicated by underlying conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems or previous radiation treatment. Sometimes, the simplest of wounds can turn into a significant problem because the body’s normal healing process is affected.

Other types of hard-to-heal wounds result from pressure, trauma or infection.

Non-healing wounds can have serious health consequences and may adversely affect your quality of life.

What kinds of wounds are treated at SMC Wound Care?

As a comprehensive Wound Care healing unit, we specialize in the treatment of all types of non-healing and difficult-to-heal wounds including:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Venous ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Non-healing, surgical wounds
  • Arterial / ischemic ulcers
  • Late effects of radiation (radiation cystitis, proctitis or external wound)
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Infected wounds
  • Crush injuries
  • Compromised flaps or grafts

How will my wound be treated?

Our approach to wound care is aggressive and comprehensive, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies and techniques that are proven to reduce healing time and improve healing rates.

Since non-healing wounds rarely result from a single cause, we begin with a thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause of the wound. A treatment plan is then developed to give the patient the best chance of healing. Most treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs, and other private insurance. Depending on the type of wound, the treatment plan may include:

  • Infection control
  • Restoration of blood flow
  • Debridement (removal of dead tissue)
  • Offloading
  • Cellular and / or tissue-based products (skin substitutes)
  • Compression therapy
  • Foot reconstruction
  • Skin graft or flap

What should I expect?

Your course of treatment depends on what type of wound you have. During your first visit, our staff will evaluate your wound and review your medical history. You may also need special tests that give us information about circulation and infection. This will help to determine what course of treatment you will need.

Once a treatment plan has been prescribed, you will visit SMC Wound Care weekly for specialized treatments and documentation of your healing process. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome. Some things you can do to assist with healing are:

  • Care for your wound at home as directed by the wound care team
  • Take medications as directed
  • Return for your follow-up appointments
  • Keep regular appointments with your primary care physician while you are receiving wound care treatment

How can I arrange a consultation at SMC Wound Care?

If you or a loved one has a non-healing wound, getting treated is the most important factor in the healing process.

Following your treatment is the single most important factor in your healing process. Please don’t hesitate to contact SMC Wound Care at 856-878-6884 to learn more about our doctors or treatment plans. We are happy to clarify anything you feel uncertain about regarding the wound healing process.

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