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Wound Care

If you're suffering with a chronic, non-healing or slow-healing wound, our specialists provide expert evaluation, treatment and wound management in La Crosse as well as our regional center hospitals.

Types of wounds

We treat and care for slow-to-heal wounds such as:

  • Skin abrasions or tears
  • Skin ulcer resulting from poor blood circulation (diabetic, pressure, venous and arterial ulcers)
  • Cellulitis
  • Infected surgical wounds
  • Ostomy or ileostomy care

Treatments we offer

Our wound specialists not only look at your wound when developing your treatment plan, they consider other treatments you've tried, medical problems that may be keeping the wound from healing, your lifestyle and needs.

If surgery is recommended, you'll find that Gundersen has some of the nation's most experienced vascular surgeons and plastic surgeons.

For the expert treatment and care of your wounds, Gundersen's Wound Center, in La Crosse, provides:

  • Debridement
  • Topical antibiotics and antiseptic
  • Medical-grade honey therapy
  • Compression wraps
  • Specialty dressings such as:
    • Unna boot dressings to treat chronic ulcers
    • Advanced biologic dressings containing living cells, proteins and collagen that help promote healing
  • Wound care nutrition counseling with a specially trained registered dietitian
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Surgical options

Ways you can promote wound healing

Some wounds can take 3-6 months to heal so be patient. There are things you can do to help your wound heal faster and prevent setbacks, such as:

  • Follow your doctor's recommendations.
  • Keep your wound covered to protect against dirt and bacteria.
  • Keep the dressing dry.
  • Change dressings as instructed.
  • Clean your wound with a mild soap and water. Do not use hydrogen peroxide or over-the-counter antiseptic, antibiotic ointment or antibacterial soap unless instructed by your doctor.
  • Eat nutritious foods for healthy skin and better wound healing.

When to contact your doctor

Contact your doctor right away if you see signs of infection such as:

  • Increased warmth or tenderness
  • Fever
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Green or yellow fluid
  • Foul-smelling drainage

Additional information

A wound that won't heal is a major health concern because it can affect your mobility; comfort; ability to work, do daily activities or care for yourself; and risks for other health problems including infection, gangrene and amputation.

The Wound Center is a service of Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.

what to expect

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