The Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Torrance Memorial Medical Center provides care to those suffering from chronic wounds in a way no other provider can - all in one location. A Comprehensive Wound Healing Center is a coordinated outpatient center that treats patients with non-healing wounds utilizing the latest techniques and procedures.
Your Treatment Plan
Our approach to wound care is aggressive and comprehensive, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies and techniques that are proven to reduce healing time and improve healing rates.
Your course of treatment depends on what type of sore (called wound or ulcer) you have and where it is located. During your first visit, our staff will evaluate you and review your medical history. You may also need special tests that give us information about circulation to the area around the open sore. This will then help to determine what course of treatment you will need.
Since each patient’s condition is different, you may receive some or all of the treatments below. The specific treatments that we may use to assess and heal your wound can include:
- Diagnostic tests, including blood work, x-rays, scans and test of circulation
- Antibiotics to control infection
- Restoration of blood flow
- Removal of dead or infected tissue, muscle or bone
- Foot surgery, if indicated
- Skin grafting to close the wound
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for certain conditions
- Specialized dressings
- Compression therapy
- Foot reconstruction
- Cast or boot to keep pressure off the foot ulcer area
Most treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs and other private insurance.
What to Expect
Your course of treatment depends on what type of wound you have. During your first visit, our staff will evaluate your wound and review your medical history. You may also need special tests that give us information about circulation to the wound. This will help to determine what course of treatment you will need.
Once a treatment plan has been prescribed, you will visit the clinic weekly or as ordered by your wound care doctor. You will have your wound measured, photographed, and any other treatments or x-rays performed as needed until you are healed. The doctor and nurses will teach you what to do to avoid getting another wound. Some things you can do to assist with your healing:
- Care for your wound at home as directed by the wound care team
- Take medications as directed
- Return for your follow-up appointments
- Keep regular appointments with your primary care physician while you are receiving wound care treatment.
Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to getting your wound healed. Please don't hesitate to contact us at 310-517-4736 to learn more about our doctors or treatment plans. We're happy to clarify anything you feel uncertain about regarding the wound care treatment process.