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Advanced Wound Healing and Lymphedema Center

The Allegheny General Hospital Advanced Wound Healing and Lymphedema Center is one of just a few in the United States dedicated to both wound care and specialized treatment for lymphedema. Experts representing vascular surgery and orthopaedic surgery, as well as the disciplines of plastic surgery, dermatology, endocrinology, physical therapy and nursing, collaborate to provide a comprehensive approach to wound healing, limb preservation and follow-up care. Our professionals use sophisticated equipment to evaluate and manage wounds that have not responded to traditional treatment methods. We have been providing state-of-the-art wound care since 2003. Our expert and dedicated staff have been praised by our patients as "wonderful," "tremendous," and "so caring."

The center’s professionals employ a variety of cutting-edge methods to evaluate and manage wounds that don’t respond to traditional treatments.

  • F-scan Computerized Plantar Measurement System
    This technology pinpoints high-pressure areas on the foot and determines the origin of foot wounds. This allows specially designed footwear and medical devices to be prescribed to help prevent wound recurrences.
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
    These pressurized chambers deliver increased amounts of oxygen to difficult-to-heal wounds, promoting healing.
  • Compression Management
    Patients with swelling have access to a wide array of techniques to control fluid accumulation, including sophisticated compression pumps, wraps and manual lymphatic drainage.
  • Growth-factor Therapy
    Platelet-derived growth factor is released during the body’s normal reparative process and has been shown to promote a similar effect in non-healing wounds. Allegheny wound specialists are working with advanced techniques to stimulate this effect using naturally circulating platelets.

Information for Patients

Information for Doctors

It is appropriate to refer a patient with a wound to our center after 4-6 weeks of traditional care without progress toward healing. In fact, the ADA recommends that any diabetic foot wound that has not made improvement in four weeks, should be referred to a specialist. Any patient with chronic swelling which limits their functioning and daily living, causes pain or discomfort, or results in recurrent infections should be seen for a lymphedema assessment and treatment program.

Services We Provide to Deliver Comprehensive Treatment

  • Specialist consultations
  • Wound cleansing
  • Advanced wound dressings
  • Conservative debridement
  • Topical treatments
  • Pulsed lavage
  • Electrical stimulation for wound healing
  • MIST ultrasound therapy for maintenance debridement and reducing bacterial bioburden
  • Sonic One low-frequency, ultrasound-assisted wound debridement
  • Off-loading diabetic and pressure ulcers
  • Fitting with proper footwear and orthoses
  • Preventative diabetic foot care
  • Compression pumps for venous swelling
  • Compression system designed to mimic lymphatic massage for treatment of lymphedema
  • Compression wrapping
  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Recommendations for and assessment of properly fitted, effective compression garments
  • Patient and caregiver education for long-term management of underlying problem and for prevention of recurrence
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