The Center for Limb Preservation, Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
For more information, please contact 203-573-7025.
Wound Healing Center Overview
Welcome to the Center for Limb Preservation, Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Waterbury Hospital. We’re dedicated to preventing lower limb loss, healing wounds, and optimizing outcomes for our patients.
If you or a loved one has a wound that is of concern or is not healing properly, we encourage you to visit the wound center for an evaluation.
A wound that is not healing properly may be complicated by underlying conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems or previous radiation treatment. Sometimes, the simplest of wounds can turn into a significant problem because the body’s normal healing process is affected. Other types of hard-to-heal wounds result from pressure, trauma, or infection. Non-healing wounds can have serious health consequences and may adversely affect your quality of life.
Types of Wounds Treated
As a comprehensive wound healing center, we specialize in the treatment of all types of non-healing and difficult-to-heal wounds including:
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Venous ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Non-healing, surgical wounds
- Arterial/ischemic ulcers
- Post-radiation injury to tissue or bone
- Traumatic wounds Infected wounds
- Crush injuries
- Compromised flaps or grafts
Please contact us at 203-573-7025 to learn more about how we can help you or a loved one.
David Knight, MD, General Surgery, Co-Medical Director
Peter Ferrante, DPM, Podiatric Surgery, Co-Medical Director
Peter Zdankiewicz, MD, General Surgery
Robert Botta, MD, Vascular Surgery
Gregory Ricketts, MD, General Surgery
Samuel Pan, MD, Infectious Disease
Fahmida McGann, MD, Infectious Disease
Steven Massucci, DPM, Podiatric Surgery
Samuel Kellner, DPM, Podiatric Surgery
Michael Dorso, Program Director
Diabetic foot complications are among the most complex to treat and require a coordinated, organized approach from a team of specialists with advanced training. Up to 80% of amputations due to diabetic complications are preventable with an integrated approach to treatment. At The Center for Limb Preservation, Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine, our patients with limb-threatening conditions such as diabetic foot ulcers/infections and peripheral arterial disease are treated with a multidisciplinary approach to manage their disease. In addition to podiatric & general surgery, our team includes vascular surgeons and infectious disease specialists to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the patient's condition. This integration of specialties, in combination with advanced wound healing modalities, provides centralized, expedited expertise to our patients and time is of the essence when trying to preserve a limb!
Chronic wounds can have a negative impact on a patient’s quality of life and can interfere with activities of daily life such as hobbies, cooking, the ability to travel away from the home, time with family, etc. Chronic wounds can also have a psychological impact on the patient causing stress, negative mood, sleep disturbances, & social isolation.
Patients may experience these outcomes resulting from the physical effects of a wound, such as pain or high levels of wound drainage. Managing the wound, decreased mobility and a sense of isolation can also have an impact on the patient’s overall psychological well-being. Together, these factors can impact the healing of a chronic wound and affect the patient’s quality of life.
Hyperbaric Medicine is a medical treatment in which the patient breathes 100% oxygen, either continuously or intermittently, under a pressure higher than ambient atmospheric pressure to promote healing.
Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) therapy may be used as an important adjunctive therapy for a number of approved indications, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Diabetic Wounds of lower extremities
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
- Delayed radiation injury (soft tissue and bony necrosis)
- Preparation or preservation of compromised skin grafts
- Compromised flaps Crush injuries