Wound Healing

MaineHealth has wound healing centers that treat surgical wounds, diabetic wounds and other wounds that are not healing properly. Our specialists are trained in chronic wound care.

Wound healing treatment, also called specialized wound care, is a service provided to help patients with wounds and injures that are not healing as they should. Non-healing wounds can lead to infections and amputations in severe cases.

MaineHealth wound care specialists and wound care centers treat a wide variety of wounds. These include:

  • Diabetic ulcers

  • Pressure ulcers

  • Vascular ulcers

  • Traumatic wounds

  • Surgical wounds

Why aren’t my wounds healing properly?

There are many things that can slow wound healing or keep a wound from healing as it should. These include:

  • Poor blood circulation

  • Poorly functioning veins

  • Immobility (being confined to a bed or wheelchair)

  • Low oxygen levels

  • Severity of the wound

  • Other health conditions, such as diabetes

  • Aging

  • Stress

  • Certain medications

  • Obesity

  • Drinking too much alcohol

  • Not having a healthy diet

  • Smoking

  • Nerve damage

Wound healing treatments

Most of our specialized wound care is done as an outpatient service.  Our specialized wound care teams are equipped with effective, evidence-based, and technologically advanced care treatments.

Wound care teams work with patients to create the best plans to speed healing. Your wound care team will keep your primary care providers updated on your treatments and progress.

Do I need to see a wound care specialist?

See your healthcare provider to talk about your concerns and to have your wound examined. Your provider may refer you to a wound-care specialist or to a wound-healing center.

Our patients are supported by interdisciplinary wound healing teams. We bring in expertise from lots of different areas so that our patients will receive the best care and treatments. During your evaluation and treatment with us, you may meet with some of the following specialists:

  • Physicians specializing in wound healing

  • Infectious disease specialists

  • Certified wound ostomy continence nurses

  • Physical therapists

  • Plastic surgeons

  • Vascular surgeons

What to expect at your appointment

You will meet with a specialist who will examine you to see the type of wound, size and severity of the wound, and your overall health status.

It is important to tell the specialist about your medical history, current health conditions, medications you are taking, and any side effects that you are having. These will all help the specialist figure out the best treatment options for you.

After this evaluation, the specialist may decide that some more tests are needed. These may include:

  • Radiology (MRI)

  • Transcutaneous oxygen testing

  • Electrocardiogram

  • Ultrasound

  • Laboratory evaluation

Sue's Story

One of Sue’s favorite things was to walk and play at the beach with her grandson. After a chronic wound on her foot that would not heal, she was not able to walk. With the help of the team at the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric practice, they got Sue back on her feet, literally! See Sue walk the beach again!