University Hospital Wound Care Clinic
The University Hospital Wound Care Clinic provides personalized and advanced care for complex and non-healing wounds, ranging from those caused by diabetes, vascular disease, pressure, and other health conditions.
We offer access to a full range of wound healing treatment options, including the latest bioengineered tissue products, private hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers, laser therapy innovations, and leading-edge minimally invasive surgery.
Who We Are
Our team includes experts in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Podiatry, Vascular Surgery, and Plastic Surgery – all available in one location for your convenience. These specialists work to minimize the time it takes for wounds to heal and to prevent them from recurring. UT Southwestern is at the forefront of research and innovative treatment options, including new types of wound-specific dressings, vascular surgery techniques to restore blood circulation, and plastic surgery options to resolve any problems with healing, scarring, and cosmetic appearance.
What We Treat
The clinic evaluates and treats all types of complex and chronic wounds, including:
- Diabetic ulcers
- Venous wounds
- Arterial wounds
- Pressure ulcers
- Nonhealing surgical wounds
- Wounds occurring after cancer treatments
- Extremity wounds with edema (or lymphedema)
- Traumatic injury wounds
- Complex abdominal wounds
- Enterocutaneous fistulas
- Other advanced or complex conditions
The clinic offers a full range of services to improve function, heal chronic wounds, and improve quality of life. Our experts pinpoint the reasons a wound is not healing and formulate treatment plans based on your overall health care needs.
- Effective solutions to manage infections
- Groundbreaking nonsurgical treatments, ranging from specialized dressings to hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Total contact casting
- Advanced surgical procedures, including minimally invasive procedures
- Individualized rehabilitation support
- Convenient access to world-class care for any health issue affecting a wound
- Patient education to prevent wounds from recurring
Innovation Techniques and Technology to Prevent Amputations
By using the newest technologies and therapies available to heal wounds, we are often able to provide alternative treatments for patients who have been told elsewhere amputation is their only option.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers
All wounds need oxygen to heal. Our clinic offers two monoplace (one-person) chambers. The patient simply lies within the large, clear acrylic tube filled with 100-percent oxygen at an atmospheric pressure about two times higher than normal. This increases the amount of oxygen in the blood and promotes quicker healing. Over multiple treatments, this treatment dramatically stimulates and supports wound healing.
Effective Nonsurgical and Surgical Treatments
Our specialists collaborate to provide the full spectrum of care and support for your needs.
- Specialized wound-specific dressings and therapies
- These treatments use gels, collagens, foams, and various other substances to help promote wound healing. We complement them with other support if needed, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy. For moist wound healing strategies, patients receive dressings and modalities based on national guidelines for minimizing the number of painful dressing changes.
- Bioengineered skin substitutes
- Our specialists use cell-based tissues to protect the wound and increase healing.
- Vascular surgery
- Our vascular specialists are experts at providing care to restore blood flow, with solutions ranging from medications and minimally invasive techniques to traditional open surgery.
- Plastic surgery
- Our plastic surgeons specialize in saving limbs and restoring function using advanced techniques such as microsurgery, as well as performing cosmetic procedures after a wound heals. Effective plastic surgery can reduce scarring and help restore function. Procedures may involve some of the latest, most advanced flap techniques.
Personalized Support and Patient Education
Effective at-home care can have a significant impact on wound recovery. As a result, patient education and support are key parts of the support our team provides. This ranges from recommending specialized equipment such as beds, to helping understand how wounds should be healing. Because studies show wounds heal slower for people with diets lacking in essential nutrients, we provide information about nutrition as part of treatment plans.