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From the Times Herald :
For those wounds that time just won’t heal, there’s now Einstein Medical Center Montgomery’s new Center for Wound Healing.Foot or leg ulcers, surgical wounds and diabetic wounds are just a few of the issues that can be successfully treated here by a multi-disciplinary team of board-certified vascular surgeons and nurses skilled in chronic wound care.The facility, located a few miles down the road from Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in East Norriton, centralizes advanced care in a far more efficient manner than in the past, allowed Dr. Robert Solit, director and chair of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Einstein Healthcare Network.“The Wound Care Center offers what is basically an outpatient facility to take care of chronic wounds, not acute things,” Solit said. “Surgeons have been taking care of acute wounds for years, and if it’s an emergency type of acute wound you do that in the operating room. In a wound care center it’s all done as an outpatient and without general anesthesia. Patients come in and go home at the same time. They may have a chronic problem that you have to see them once a week for maybe three or four weeks.”In the past, most wounds were treated in the patient’s primary physician’s office, he noted.“If the primary care physician couldn’t take care of it they would send the patient to the surgeon who would take care of it in his office. It’s very time intensive and you need special things available, and if you’re only taking care of one or two of these things in your office in a week, you don’t necessarily carry all the necessary things that you would need to take care of that patient,” explained Solit, who added that the center works along with a patient’s primary doctor, cardiologist, orthopedic surgeon, podiatrist and endocrinology specialist. “In a wound care center, we’ll sometimes see 30 people in a day and we have nurses that are trained to take care of these problems. We can see patients much more efficiently and more frequently.”People who have suffered with what they thought were wounds that would never heal have benefitted greatly from Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy, one of Einstein’s leading therapeutic resources, which are covered by most health insurance plans.The therapy, which has been around for more than 20 years but has only recently gained mainstream acceptance, is used to increase oxygen to the brain, nervous system, muscles and all body tissues, and is used by many professional athletes to treat sports injuries.“Einstein provides multiple treatment options like Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy,” said Solit, who explained that patients breathe 100 percent oxygen inside a chamber that promotes the development of new blood vessels and collagen. “We’re educating the public and other physicians about the availability of this. We’re interested in getting people better and sending them back to their primary care doctors.”