Chronic wounds affect more than 5 million people throughout the nation. These wounds don’t heal like others do, lasting three months or longer—even years. A lot of these stem from vascular issues, related to the lower extremities. Some are related to diabetes or other arterial problems. Some are from pressure wounds, past surgeries or infections. There is a variety of reasons for chronic wound issues.
This condition is frightening, but there is hope. We spoke to Joel Wietfeldt, MD, specialist in plastic and reconstructive surgery with Springfield Clinic and co-medical director for the Wound Healing Center at Memorial Medical Center, about chronic wounds and how to separate fact from fiction. Read the rest of this entry »