Your wound healing program
Every patient is different. So, too, is the nature of their wounds and the reasons they don’t heal on their own. At the Wound Care Institute, you will be under the care of a multidisciplinary team who will design a program based on your specific needs.
Wound specialists work with you and your doctor — as well as with cardiologists, endocrinologists, podiatrists, infectious disease specialists, vascular surgeons and plastic surgeons — not only to treat your wounds, but also to uncover the underlying cause of their chronic nature. This extra step is critical in making the right treatment decision, so your body will be better prepared to heal naturally on its own in the future.
Certified wound care nurses will work with you to achieve your individual goals. The wound care team also will work closely with your family, as appropriate, to educate them on the treatment options and to better help in your recovery.
Your customized program will include regular visits for treatment, to check your progress and to make any adjustments necessary to your healing plan. We’ll give you (and your caregiver) instructions for care at home.
Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. We encourage you and your family to ask questions.
Some questions you may want to ask are:
How long will the wound take to heal?
Can I put pressure on the wound at all it it's bandaged?
Will I also need physical therapy?
Anything I can do to prevent this from happening again?
If your physical activity has been limited, ask for suggestions on how to keep your mind active while your wounds heal.
You know your body best, and we want you to be completely aware of all that is going on. Be sure to keep your appointments, follow directions carefully and watch your progress closely between visits.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Breathing pressurized oxygen has been shown to optimize healing in certain cases and can be pivotal in wound healing for those patients at risk for losing a limb. People who require this therapy receive treatment once a day, five days a week. Your wound care team will determine if hyperbaric oxygen therapy is to be a part of your treatment plan. If you require hyperbaric oxygen therapy, those services will take place at our Indianapolis hospital
, located just north of I-65 and County Line Road.