Arti Masturzo MD, medical director the Bethesda North Advanced Wound Healing Center discusses the latest wound healing options for patients.
Why are Some Wounds Slow to Heal?
Some wounds – depending on severity or if you have pre-existing health conditions, like diabetes, protein malnutrition or a thyroid issue – are slower to heal. This means more innovative treatment options may be needed.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
If your wound isn't healing, your doctor may recommend hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which allows you to breathe 100 percent oxygen. “[This] helps your bone marrow, actually stimulates the bone marrow to mobilize cells that stimulate blood vessel growth,” Dr. Masturzo tells Local 12’s Liz Bonis.
Additionally, other new technology may add to the effectiveness of these treatments. For example, a study on a new battery-operated ultrasound patch shows that the patch looks promising for the future of wound healing. The patch sits on the wound, like a Band-Aid, and delivers ultrasound that appears to accelerate healing for something called a venous ulcer.
“Venous leg ulcers typically occur in what we call the gator area … on the lower aspect of the leg,” Dr. Masturzo explains. “They typically occur below the calf – in between the ankle and the calf.”
Other Wound Healing Options Currently Being Tested
There are a variety of other wound treatments currently in testing, as well. “Everything from growth factor cell sprays to achieve healing, to technologies like this, that use ultrasound, [and] others that use electrical current. There are some that are using negative pressure to actually pull on the cells to stimulate healing,” Dr. Masturzo says.