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Advocate Trinity Hospital's New Wound Care Center Treats First Patient

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Chicago, IL-- For Chicago’s southeast-side residents, advanced healing is now possible thanks to Trinity Hospital’s new Wound Care Center. Housing the latest advances in medicine and state-of-the-art equipment, previously untreatable wounds now have a chance of being cured and on July 25th, the Wound Care Center treated its first patient.

Betty Porter suffers from venous stasis ulcers which form when the skin begins to lose its elasticity. Over time, varicose veins can become diseased and in extreme cases, like Betty Porter’s, they can ulcerate and cripple.

“Oh, I was in pain. I was in pain for about a month because I was trying to heal this on my own,” said Betty Porter.

Porter came to Trinity’s Wound Care Center after hearing about it from a friend.

“I’m not in as much pain and I know what’s going on. From week to week they give me assignments to do with my leg… they explain everything to me thoroughly and I’m a good patient.”

“At the wound care center we take care of all sorts of patients. We see patients like Betty who have venous stasis ulcers. There are patients that have suffered with these wounds for years and years,” said Dr. Daniel Vera, general surgeon and Wound Care Center doctor. “These ulcers can become infected and these patients become almost homebound because they’re afraid to stand for periods of time, they’re afraid to go out, they’ve got these wounds that can be foul smelling and have high amounts of drainage… so it can be very debilitating for the patients.”

On August 8th, Dr. Vera debrided Porter’s left ankle and wrapped her leg in a compression bandage to promote the healing potential of the remaining tissue. He estimates that with weekly visits Porter will be back to her usual activities within two months.

“These are very common problems, a lot of people have them and the best thing to do is get treatment because they’re not going to go away by themselves. Don’t be embarrassed, we have seen everything and we’re here to help.”

Candidates for treatment at the new center include those suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven't healed within 30 days.

The center is located at 8751 S. Greenwood Ave, Suite 100 in Chicago and offers highly specialized wound care methodologies and treatments of chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions.
The Trinity Wound Care Center also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which works by surrounding the patient with 100 percent oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure as the patient relaxes.

Advocate Trinity Wound Care Center has partnered with Healogics™, which has a nationwide network of researchers and specialists and manages more than 500 wound care centers nationwide.

Physicians, nurses and technicians at the Advocate Trinity Wound Care Center receive specialized training at the Healogics training facility located in Jacksonville, Fla.

For more information on the Advocate Trinity Wound Care Center, call 1.800.3.ADVOCATE or 773.967.4270.


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