Recovering from a non-healing wound starts with a better understanding of your condition. At MacNeal Hospital, we strive to stay up-to-date on the causes of chronic wounds — and to share that information with our Chicago community.
Below you’ll find information on common causes of chronic wounds that we have experience treating. For more information about your symptoms, call 708-783-5900 to connect with one of our doctors or use our doctor search tool to find a doctor who’s right for you.
Osteomyelitis is a bone infection. It can occur in individuals of all ages and is the result of a bacterial infection that reaches the bones.
DIABETIC FOOT ULCERS
Diabetes increases the chances of an individual developing an ulcer or sore on the feet. Diabetic sores are often painless and a common cause of hospitalization in diabetics.
FAILING SKIN AND MUSCLE GRAFTS
Muscle and skin graft surgeries are not always successful. When there is a limited supply of blood to the area, the graft may fail and patients may require a second surgery.
Gangrene is the result of infection or lack of blood flow to a particular region of the body. This leads to dead tissue.
IMMUNOSUPPRESSIVE DISORDER WOUNDS
These wounds are associated with a number of immunosuppressive disorders including diabetes, HIV and cancer. These wounds are often a complication from having a compromised immune system.
LOWER LEG ULCERS
Ulcers are opened wounds or sores that will not heal or heal and continue to return. Lower leg ulcers may or may not be painful and are typically found on the inner portion of the leg, just above the ankle.
One type of surgical complication is a postoperative infection. These infections can be the result of longer surgeries, wounds that become dirty, being overweight, and are more likely to occur in older adults.
Radiation burns are damage to the skin or other tissues caused by exposure to radiation. Patients undergoing radiation therapy for cancer may experience these types of burns.
SKIN TEARS AND LACERATIONS
A laceration occurs when the skin is cut. Lacerations tend to be deep and often require medical care to repair them — such as stitches.
SLOW- OR NON-HEALING SURGICAL WOUNDS
Not all surgical wounds heal quickly or completely. The most common reason for this is infection to the site of surgery.
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