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Debridement

Debridement is a procedure to remove unwanted tissue. Unwanted tissue can be necrotic (dead),

proud flesh and / or fatty tissue. There are several types of debridement procedures and they

include:

Nonsurgical debridement – using medication and or soft dressings to debride unwanted tissue.

Sharps debridement – using forceps, scissors and / or scalpel to remove unwanted tissue.

Autolytic debridement – dressing that provides non – breathable closure over the wound allowing

temperature and moisture to remove unwanted tissue.

Surgical debridement – sedated or non-sedated sharp debridement either superficial or deep

tissue.

Debridement type is up to your wound care provider, physician and you. Wound debridement is

necessary for wound progression and healing. Each provider is different in the type of

debridement used in the healing process. Our team has a consistent approach to choosing

debridement type that includes:

  • Pain tolerance
  • Size of the area needing debridement
  • How easy or difficult the unwanted tissue is to remove

Tissue debridement is necessary for all wound progression and healing.

Call our office for an immediate appointment at 405-265-2255. Fax: 265-2215

Yukon Wound Care and Rehabilitation

1602 Health Center Pkwy Bldg 1100. Yukon, OK, 73099-7752

References Research recommendations – The prevention and management of pressure ulcers in primary and secondary care – NCBI bookshelf. (2014). National Center for Biotechnology Information. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK333125

November 9th, 2022|Categories: Wound Care|

Calciphlaxis

Calciphlaxis is an uncommon diagnosis that causes painful skin lesions anywhere on the body. These types of lesions and / or wounds are usually the result of end stage renal disease. Patients with moderate to severe renal disease can suffer with random calcium deposits in blood vessels limiting blood flow, resulting in painful skin lesions. The open wounds or lesions look similar to bed sores. Although very rare, lesions can occur in other body parts, such as eyes, lungs, brain, muscle and intestines.

Two types of this condition exist:

Uremic – is the more common of the two and happens to people in end stage or severe renal failure (kidney disease).

Non-uremic – is the least common and happens to people in early stages of renal disease with kidney trauma to one or both kidneys.

In most cases the wounds are located on the abdomen or thighs and these patients have a higher mortality rate. However, wounds can appear on lower and upper limbs and sometimes cause limb amputation.

Additional risk factors:

  • Kidney disease
  • Obesity
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Liver disease
  • Warfarin medication
  • Corticosteroids

Diagnosing Calciphlaxis can be difficult due to lack of research, but tests might include:

  • Biopsy of wound edges
  • Lab test for kidney function, liver function, calcium, phosphorus, thyroid, vitamin D, immune markers and blood coagulation indicators
  • Imaging

Treatment for Calciphlaxis wounds includes wound cleaning, debridement and dressing changes as needed to keep the wounds healthy for healing. Other treatment might include medication to treat bone and blood mineral complication to allow for healing and proper nutrition. Patients with calciphylaxis wounds usually do not have a good survival rate of more that 1 year  due to the severe kidney disease and wounds that possibly will develop into sepsis.

Patients, family and physicians can reach our office for appointments at 405-265 2255 and fax   405 265 2215. Our address is 1601 Health Center Parkway Yukon, Oklahoma Bldg 1100. Yukon Wound care and Rehabilitation have easy access off I-40 and located in Stonegate Business  edition behind Target and Joe Cooper Ford.

Because of our easy access we treat patients from all   over the Oklahoma City and surrounding areas. We are privately owned allowing walk-ins and same day appointments for most all wounds and or urgent needs. We accept all major insurance and cash pay.

References

Calciphylaxis: Causes, symptoms and treatment. (2022, January 31). Retrieved from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/22359-calciphylaxis

 

 

 

 

 

September 6th, 2022|Categories: Wound Care|

Treating Scar Tissue

Scars can form as a result of many different injuries to the connective tissue of the body. After the damage occurs, new tissue composed of a protein called collagen, forms to fill any gaps caused by the injury. Depending on the location, shape, or size of the scar tissue, there can be lingering symptoms such as pain, tenderness, itchiness, contractures, tightness and more. In order to treat and prevent these symptoms, proper management and wound care is crucial. We treat a wide variety of scars including: burn scars, trauma scars, surgical scars, scalds, hypertrophic scars and keloid scars. Soft tissue treatments and proper wound care help with pain, pigmentation, pliability, pruritus (itchiness), surface area, and thickness of scar tissue.

Some scar tissue may need manual physical therapy to achieve normal range of motion and flexibility around the area of the scar. Scar tissue, injuries, surgical sites, as well as spots that are going to scar in the future can be proactively treated through wound care. Every patient, injury, and healing process are different depending on the situation. However, every patient should try to achieve 100% healing as early as possible.

If you have any questions regarding scars or any other injuries feel free to give us a call.

Call our office for an immediate appointment at 405-265-2255.

Fax: 265-2215

Yukon Wound Care and Rehabilitation

1602 Health Center Pkwy Bldg 1100. Yukon, OK, 73099-7752

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7578190

June 29th, 2022|Categories: Wound Care|

FAQ’s about Whirlpool

  1. whirlpool therapyDoes it hurt? In 90 to 95% of patient’s it does not hurt. However, in some cases like a deep road rash or burn it can’t be painful in the first and second treatment.
  2. What is whirlpool used for? Gentle debridement and cleaning in and around the wound. Also, whirlpool can be used to assist in range of motion in elbows, wrist, fingers, toes, ankle and knees.
  3. What is the temperature needed in the whirlpool? The temperature is usually 85 to 92 F.
  4. What kind of wounds need whirlpool? Burns, dirty wounds, road rash and painful wounds.
  5. How often is it needed? As often as needed or until wound is clean or range of motion is achieved.
  6. How long does it take? 10 to 20 minutes to achieve goal.
  7. What is in the water? Tap water.
  8. What cleans or moves the water? Electric agitation or jet submerged into water.

      Our outpatient clinic can be reach at 405 265-2255 and fax is 405 2652215.

June 20th, 2022|Categories: Wound Care|

Workers Compensation Patients

We work with many third-party handlers that send their employees to us to treat injuries such as; elbows, ankles, knees, hips, back, neck injuries, and much more. We also treat a wide variety of wound care including but not limited to; burns, lacerations, infections, and other traumas. Everything goes through the third party for billing and approvals, thus making it super easy for the injured employee to focus on getting back to work in a safe and timely manner.

Our clinic gives our third-party handlers and patients priority, which allows patients easy access to scheduling and quick treatments. Our clinic and practitioners have years of experience in treating work comp patients and our documentation is precise and timely to provide clear communication for all parties involved.

We have patients from all over Oklahoma including Yukon, Mustang, OKC, Piedmont, Tuttle, Geary, Bethany, Union City, El Reno, Edmond, Moore, Newcastle, Minco, Blanchard, Calumet, Choctaw and several other surrounding cities.

Call our office for an immediate appointment at 405-265-2255.

Fax: 265-2215

Yukon Wound Care and Rehabilitation

1602 Health Center Pkwy Bldg 1100. Yukon, OK, 73099-7752

June 13th, 2022|Categories: Rehabilitation|

Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a term commonly used to describe swelling. Swelling can accumulate anywhere in the body, but it usually happens in upper or lower extremities. Causes of lymphedema are usually after lymph system damage from trauma, surgery or blockage. The most common cause of lymphedema is Breast Cancer after lumpectomy or mastectomy. If lymphedema is left untreated or in some cases very severe it can lead to infection and hospitalization.

Common treatment for lymphedema is daytime sleeve compression, wrapping, pumps, night sleeve compression, taping and manual lymphatic drainage. Our out-patient clinic works closely with your physician to ensure your care is started and working. We also issue home exercise programs, manual massage programs, as well as any other home devices needed for long term maintenance.

Please call our clinic for speedy appointments at (405)265-2255. Physician referral is not needed, but encouraged.

References

Lymphedema. (2019, January 22). MedlinePlus – Health Information from the National Library of Medicine. https://medlineplus.gov/lymphedema.html

 

June 1st, 2022|Categories: Women's Health|