Wound Care Awareness Week – celebrating treatments that are changing lives

Tucson Medical Center is honoring Wound Care Awareness Week by celebrating the treatments and therapies that are improving the quality of life for patients.

WoundCare 1Healing can be taken for granted – and many are unaware that a wound, sore or infection can be a significant challenge for seniors, diabetics and individuals experiencing illnesses that impede healing.

Several years ago, Carolyn Herman began noticing small red bumps that looked like insect bites – but each bump grew into a painful sore that would not heal.

As the sores grew in number and severity, Herman sought help from dermatologists who diagnosed her with Pyoderma Gangrenosum, a rare autoimmune disease whose cause is unknown. It began taking over her life, until she found the TMC Wound Care Center and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

“It’s so frustrating because treating it is so hard,” Herman said. “Any small cut or skin rupture can turn into a very painful lesion.”

Wound Center Lavor“I just felt like things were always going to get worse,” Herman explained. “I saw specialists and wound centers, but it wasn’t getting better. I had tens of lesions on my body.”

In early 2016, Herman’s dermatologist referred her to the TMC Wound Clinic. “Everyone from the desk clerk to the nurses did a wonderful job of making me feel comfortable and at ease.”

Herman saw Dr. Michael A. Lavor, the medical director at the TMC Wound Clinic. Lavor performed surgery to address infections and prescribed ongoing hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy.

“With HBO, the patient enters a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber that looks like a wide hospital gurney with a large, clear acrylic cover – like a tube,” said Heather Jankowski, the director of outpatient services at the TMC Wound Care Center.

Woundcare4“The chamber is filled with 100 percent oxygen, and the air pressure in the chamber is raised– which allows the lungs to safely absorb greater amounts of oxygen,” Jankowski continued. “HBO strengthens oxygen absorption, helping tissue heal more quickly and completely by stimulating growth factors and inhibiting toxins.”

Herman engaged more than 100 treatments, every day for two hours. HBO is not painful and many patients sleep through it. Still, engaging so many treatments can take its toll. “The staff was so good to me, they were always compassionate and thoughtful – it made 117 treatments doable.”

The HBO provided great relief and sped healing. “I’m doing wonderful now – my infections are gone and I’m managing my condition much more easily,” Herman said enthusiastically.

The TMC Wound Care Center has been serving Southern Arizona for five years and treats a wide variety of patients with healing challenges such as diabetic foot ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, failed flaps, and ORN of the jaw.

For further information about the TMC Wound Care Center, please visit the webpage or call (520) 324-4220. Call (520) 324-2075 for scheduling.

 

Tucson Orthopaedic Institute joins specialty care providers at TMC Rincon Health Campus

Tucson Orthopaedic Institute LogoTucson Medical Center is proud to announce Tucson Orthopaedic Institute is now providing orthopaedic care and physical therapy at the TMC Rincon Health Campus.

This January, Tucson Medical Center opened the TMC Rincon Health Campus at Drexel and Houghton to make high-quality care more available to eastside communities. The concerted effort includes partnering with premier health-care specialists in Southern Arizona, making specialty services more accessible and convenient.

Tucson Orthopaedic Institute joined the TMC Rincon Health Campus earlier this month, showing their commitment to caring for all of Southern Arizona’s communities and providing families with greater access to specialized care.

Tucson Ortho MapFive experienced and skilled TOI physicians are available at Rincon, providing comprehensive orthopaedic services, including; hip and knee, foot and ankle, pediatric orthopaedics, and non-surgical orthopaedic care.

In addition, TOI has designated their Rincon office as a dedicated physical therapy site. Eastside residents now have access to expert physical therapies administered by a highly-trained staff.

“Our practice is centered on patient needs,” said Dr. Ali Dalal, a TOI hip and knee reconstruction specialist providing care at the TMC Rincon Health Campus. “This location offers TOI’s quality and expertise at a convenient location where eastside families work and live.”

TOI’s Rincon office is located in suite 120 and is open Mon. – Tues. Their physical therapy location is in suite 130, open Mon. – Fri. Please call (520) 784-6200 for further information or to schedule an appointment.

Tucson Orthopaedic Institute PhysiciansTucson Orthopaedic Institute complies with applicable federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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