Relief from Chronic Wounds

Legs and feet

Every year, chronic wounds caused by diabetes, insect bites, pressure ulcers, trauma or other conditions keep three to five million people from living life the way they'd like. The Wound Healing Institute of Carolina at Aiken Regional Medical Centers can help. The staff at the institute treat sores and wounds, including those that have resisted healing for months or even years. If you have a sore or wound that has not begun to heal in a month, or healed entirely in two months, you should ask your doctor about the Wound Healing Institute of Carolina. The physicians and nurses at the institute are dedicated to treating wounds and can help treat your slow-healing wounds.

The Wound Healing Institute of Carolina at Aiken Regional Medical Centers works with your personal physician. We’ll discuss your treatment program with your doctor, and keep him or her updated on your progress unless instructed otherwise. Remember, you’ll need to continue seeing your doctor for routine medical care.

Outpatient and Inpatient Programs

The Wound Healing Institute of Carolina at Aiken Regional Medical Centers includes the following:

  • The outpatient program offers technically advanced, surgically-oriented, interdisciplinary outpatient care that has proven to be highly effective in healing wounds that resist conventional therapies. The institute also treats acute wounds and pediatric patients.
  • The inpatient program is designed to prevent wounds from occurring among patients who have been admitted to the hospital and reduce the length of stay for patients admitted with wounds.

Typical Wounds Treated

Arterial

Common Differential Diagnoses:

  • Mixed venous/arterial disease
  • Arterial ulcers
  • Trauma

Less Common:

  • Infection (cellulites, osteomyelitis)

Venous

Common Differential Diagnoses:

  • Venous leg ulcers
  • Pressure over bony prominences
  • Insect bites

Pressure

Common Differential Diagnoses:

  • Infection
  • Systemic disease

Less Common:

  • Malignancy
  • Foreign bodies

    Wound Care Team Members

    The Wound Healing Institute of Carolina at Aiken Regional Medical Centers complements your physician's services. The healthcare professionals at the institute include:

    • Physicians with advanced training in wounds management
    • Nurses who are trained in the care of chronic wounds
    • Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies
    • An experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records and health insurance processing

    Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers

    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a procedure in which a patient breaths 100 percent oxygen while relaxing in a pressurized chamber. This delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the blood stream and the wound bed, which rapidly accelerates the healing process.

    The staff puts together a treatment program based on each patient’s special needs. The program includes visits to the institute plus detailed instructions for home care. Our staff is available whenever patients or family members have questions.

    Other Wound Care Services

    Acute Care

    To help meet its commitment to prevent and treat chronic wounds, the staff has implemented an acute wounds program and will take appointments to examine any wound regardless of how long the wound has been present. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the Emergency Department. They will refer you to the Wound Healing Institute of Carolina at Aiken Regional Medical Centers after the emergency is stabilized.

    Pediatric Care

    Children in the Aiken community have a special place at the Wound Healing Institute of Carolina at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. The hospital currently has two highly trained and skilled pediatric nurses to provide pediatric patients with high quality care.

    Care Management Program

    The Wound Healing Institute's care management program is designed to augment the physician’s ability to address a specific problem without interfering with his or her responsibilities for the overall care of the patient.

    Care Management Program

    Find a Doctor for Wound Care

    Get relief from a non-healing sore or wound by calling the Wound Healing Institute of Carolina at 803-643-2090.