Chronic wounds affect 6.7 million people in the United States and the incidence is expected to rise at a rate of two percent annually over the next decade. In response to the increasing demand, Holy Name Medical Center today announced the opening of its Institute for Wound Healing, located at 699 Teaneck Road in Teaneck.
The Institute offers advanced care in the treatment of non-healing, chronic wounds and their related conditions and diseases. An aging population and increasing rates of diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy contribute to the chronic wound epidemic. Untreated, chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb.
“We are thrilled to offer this comprehensive new service that focuses on all aspects of wound care and treatment. In contrast to most wound centers that employ general wound specialists, we offer consultations with board-certified plastic surgeons, vascular surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists and infectious disease physicians – all in the same location,” said Stavros Christoudias, MD, medical director at the Holy Name Institute for Wound Healing. “With convenient access to so many specialists who can collaborate easily with one another, we’re able to address wound issues from every possible angle, which means our patients spend their time healing, instead of waiting on the next step in treatment. We provide care for people suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps—all wounds that generally diminish quality of life. Wounds heal twice as fast in a wound care center than in any other healthcare setting.”
The Institute has partnered with Healogics, Inc., to join their network of nearly 800 Centers nationwide. Healogics is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida and utilizes an evidence-based systematic approach to advanced wound care.
Leading edge treatments at the Institute include negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered tissues, biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies. The Institute also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which works by infusing the wound with 100 percent oxygen at elevated pressures to help progress the healing of the wound.
For more information on The Holy Name Institute for Wound Healing, call 201-277-6038 or visit HolyName.org/WoundHealing.