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When Wounds Won't Heal


Dr. Narayan Kulkarni, Medical Director of the FMH Center for Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, examines a patient following a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) treatment, in which patients breathe 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, increasing the concentration of healing oxygen in the bloodstream. HBOT is one of the many therapies that the FMH Wound Care team uses to treat chronic, recurring, or slow-healing wounds.

It has been estimated that upwards of 10 million Americans annually suffer with chronic wounds, with a significant portion of that population also afflicted with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Many people in the diabetic population also suffer with a chronic condition called neuropathy, where they may lose sensation in their fingers and toes. Diabetic neuropathy, in addition to lack of circulation, can lead to complex, non-healing wounds on the feet or legs, which could lead to infection or even hospitalization.

The FMH Center for Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is well versed in treating and healing patients with non-healing wounds. The typical types of wounds seen at the Center include simple to complex diabetic foot ulcers, traumatic injuries, mild to moderate burns, pressure ulcers (also known as bedsores), internal wounds from delayed radiation injury, and wounds that do not heal because of artery, vein, or lymph channel disease.

UHMS_vectorTriple board-certified in wound care, hyperbaric medicine, and family medicine, the Center’s medical director Dr. Narayan (Ryan) Kulkarni coordinates a multidisciplinary care team that includes a wide variety of specialists, including Board-certified vascular, plastic, podiatric and general surgeons, specially-trained nurses, and technologists.

The FMH Center for Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine team uses a wide variety of advanced diagnostic and treatment tools to promote wound healing, including advanced wound dressings, artificial skin products, negative pressure therapy, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), a technique used to treat wounds that are not healing primarily because of poor circulation. The center is only one of two in Maryland awarded Accreditation with Distinction by the U.H.M.S., the national agency overseeing hyperbaric facilities, for achieving the highest quality and safety standards. To read more about Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy, click here.

“Our approach is to focus on the whole patient while we investigate barriers to wound healing,” said Dr. Kulkarni. “It’s important that our patients understand how their wounds occurred and why they are not healing so that they can become empowered and educated. When patients understand this, they can learn how to prevent wounds in the future.”

“Patients need to realize that where they go for wound care is critically important. Not all programs are comparable. It takes an entire team of experts—not just one doctor—to bring about the healing of a complex wound. At FMH, everyone works together with a singular focus: to treat the patient’s wound and return them to full function as quickly as possible.” – Dr. Narayan Kulkarni, Medical Director FMH Center for Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

If you’d like to learn more about the FMH Center for Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, call 240-566-3480 or talk to your primary care provider.

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