Are you or a loved one suffering from chronic, non-healing wounds? If so, you’re not alone!
Did you know that chronic wounds (wounds present for more than 30 days) affect up to 6.5 million people in the United States at any given time? And up to 95% of chronic leg wounds are caused by some form of vascular disease!
At ECCO Medical, our unique approach to wound evaluation and care is based on well-established research and evidence-based medicine, targeting any and all potential vascular causes of the wound. All of our wound patients are screened for both venous and arterial disease, and we treat both in-house.
We take treating wounds seriously, as chronic leg wounds are the leading cause of limb amputation in the US. Sadly, up to 60% of these amputations are considered to be preventable by the Amputee Coalition.
Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the underlying causes of chronic, non-healing wounds. We’ll also give you an overview of the treatment options available so you can make informed decisions about your healthcare.
What Are Chronic Wounds?
Chronic wounds, also known as non-healing wounds, are wounds that persist for more than 30 days without healing. They can be caused by a variety of factors, such as infections, trauma, and underlying health conditions. However, one common cause of chronic wounds is vascular disease.
Vascular disease refers to any condition that negatively affects the blood vessels in our body. This includes arteries (which carry oxygen-rich blood away from the heart) and veins (which carry oxygen-poor blood back to the heart). When these blood vessels are damaged or blocked, it can lead to a range of health issues, including chronic wounds.
One of the most well-known conditions associated with chronic wounds is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) – a condition that occurs when there is a narrowing or blockage in the arteries that supply blood to the limbs, most commonly the legs. This can cause a range of symptoms, including leg pain, slow-healing wounds, and even gangrene in severe cases.
Chronic Wounds and Vascular Disease
So, how does vascular disease contribute to chronic wounds? When there is a decrease in blood flow to a specific area of the body, it can lead to tissue damage and delayed wound healing. In PAD patients, this is often seen in the lower extremities, where wounds may take longer to heal or not heal at all.
At ECCO Medical, we understand the impact that chronic wounds and vascular disease can have on our patients’ lives. That’s why we offer cutting-edge treatments such as placental allograft therapy to help with wound healing.
Placental allograft is a regenerative therapy that uses the natural healing properties of placental tissue to promote wound healing and tissue regeneration. This has been shown to be highly effective in treating chronic wounds caused by vascular disease.
Why Choose ECCO Medical for Chronic Wound Treatment?
At ECCO Medical, we treat chronic, non-healing wounds on an outpatient basis with placental allografts – meaning no long hospital stays or major interruptions to your daily life. Plus, our resident wound care expert, Dr. Aaron Kovaleski, is highly skilled at treating non-healing wounds and works closely with several wound care centers across the state of Colorado.
If you or a loved one is struggling with chronic wounds, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to address your specific needs. With our expertise and state-of-the-art technology, we strive to help our patients heal and live their lives to the fullest.
When you choose ECCO Medical, you can get the treatment you need in a way that’s safer, faster, and less painful than traditional surgery.
Remember, chronic wounds may be common, but they do not have to be a permanent burden. Let us help you on your journey towards healing and recovery. Click here to schedule your consultation today!