A Healing Place
For many patients, wounds can be surprisingly complex when it comes to treatment and healing. Not all injuries or chronic wounds can be stitched up neatly and left to heal. When complications arise, the Inova Loudoun Hospital Wound Healing Center offers treatment and hope.
The wound center’s multidisciplinary team of infectious disease, primary care and general surgery physicians work together to treat underlying diseases that prevent normal wound healing. The physicians also collaborate with a variety of specialists and are supported by specially trained, wound-certified nurses.
“Our physicians also have access to cutting-edge technology that can enhance the healing process for our patients,” notes Mary Considine, Wound Center Manager.
For example, a patient might have skin substitutes or negative pressure wound therapy — both of which can speed up wound healing even in very challenging wounds. Skin substitutes are either bioengineered products or donated skin replacements that can accelerate healing. Negative pressure wound therapy promotes healing by applying continuous pressure to remove drainage from the wound surface and increase blood flow.
Last fall, the center introduced a new ostomy program that serves those who are receiving a urostomy, ileostomy or colostomy. The center’s team offers comprehensive patient education about the specific procedure, outlining patient expectations, post-procedure resources and aftercare guidance for optimal healing. This new program equips patients with the necessary resources and support during very challenging times.
Additionally, an ostomy nurse works with patients to ensure that they’re comfortable managing the ostomy on their own. “Our goal is to make certain that every patient in our community needing or living with an ostomy has the resources necessary to return to their normal lives as quickly as possible,” Considine says.