Wound Healing and Limb Preservation Center
While most wounds heal with time, millions of Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds that negativelyÂ affect theirÂ life.
The George Washington University ¸»Ó®²ÊÆ±'s Wound HealingÂ and Limb Preservation Center help patients get relief by usingÂ many of the latest woundÂ healing techniques. Through early intervention and appropriate treatment, physicians at the center can help eliminate pain, prevent disfigurement and save patients from major surgery thatÂ could include the amputation of limbs.
Physicians at the George Washington University ¸»Ó®²ÊÆ±'s Wound Healing and Limb Preservation Center focus on healing acute and chronic wounds to help prevent the loss of limbs. They practice under the motto "Heal the patient, not just the wound." That means that physicians work to gain a full understanding of the complex and overlapping causes of a woundÂ and initiate treatments that result in healing and decrease the chances of infection.
Physicians at the center include experts in assessing patients in a number of areas, including vascular disease, podiatry, rheumatology, plastic surgery, infectious disease, cardiology, renal, orthopedics and wound care. The staff at the center works closely with each patient's primary care physician, family and other supportive services to give the best possible care.
Schedule an Appointment
Please fill out our general appointment form below or call our referral service at 888-4GW-DOCS.
Specialists at the Wound Healing and Limb Preservation CenterÂ treat the following conditions:
- Arterial ulcers of the lower extremities, foot and ankle
- Breast and back wounds
- Burns, post-radiation wounds
- Chronic venous ulcers or venous insufficiency
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Dry gangrene
- Foot and ankle trauma, injuries and infected wounds
- Gastric bypass abdominal wounds
- Lymphedema wounds
- Non-healing surgical wounds, ostomy wounds
- Pressure ulcers
- Pyoderma Gangrenosum
- Resistant bone infection wounds/Refractory Osteomyelitis
- Sickle cell ulcers
- Sports related trauma wounds
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
All wounds require oxygen to heal, but when patients have impaired blood flow, the amount of oxygen delivered to their wound may be too little to promote healing. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a treatment method that helps deliver needed amounts of oxygen to heal wounds for these patients.
Techniques to Improve Blood Supply
Doctors may perform minimally invasive catheter-based procedures, and use balloons, stents or other devices to restore blood flow to the legs.
In some cases, surgeons may need to perform traditional surgery to bypass blockages. Bypass surgeryÂ in the leg is similar to coronary artery bypass surgeryÂ in that itÂ involves using a graft or part of a patient's vein removed from another part of the body to connect healthy blood vessels and bypass an obstruction in a blood vessel. The bypass restores circulation to help relieve pain, promote healing and prevent limb amputation.Â
Saving Lives and Limbs
The Vascular Surgery team at GW ¸»Ó®²ÊÆ± uses advanced equipment to detect, treatÂ and preventÂ vascular disorders that can lead toÂ the loss of limbs orÂ result inÂ strokes or aneurysms.
GW Wound HealingÂ and Limb Preservation Center
The George Washington University ¸»Ó®²ÊÆ±
900 23rd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Appointments are available within 48-72 hours of referral.Â The center is easily accessible from within the hospitalÂ and is just steps from the Foggy Bottom Metro station.