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Wound Care

Conditions Treated

There are a variety of circumstances in which a person needs wound care. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Diabetic wounds that are slow to heal or not healing
  • Surgical wounds that have opened (or “dehisced”)
  • Wounds caused by poor circulation (arterial insufficiency)
  • Skin damage or open sores caused by radiation treatment possibly even many years ago that is now causing the skin and tissue to “break down”
  • Skin grafts or surgical flaps that are not healing post-surgery
  • Even internal ‘injury’ where no open wound exists such as:
  • Bone infection (osteomyelitis)
  • Crush injuries from an accident
  • Damage to internal tissue (soft tissue radionecrosis) or bone (osteoradionecrosis) that causes pain or discomfort which resulted from radiation (radiation cystitis, proctitis, or necrosis)
  • Animal bites
  • Infected wounds
  • Cellulitis 

Not all of these things happen in the same way for the same person. If your open sore isn’t healing, you should consult your primary care provider or our office.

At the 30-day mark, it is considered a chronic wound. This is especially common for diabetic patients, who often can’t even feel the pain that the open sore is causing. It is important to have these wounds looked at because an untreated wound can cause life-altering consequences.

In some cases, a wound may persist despite all interventions. In these cases, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may be indicated and is available onsite at UP Health System - Marquette.

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What to Expect

Some things don’t get better with time. We can help. Our number one goal is to create the right environment for wound healing. During an evaluation, we will:

  • Clean and irrigate the wound
  • Remove dead tissue
  • Determine the type of dressing to use
  • Educate the patient on caring for the dressing
  • Apply compression, if needed
  • Set a schedule for continued care, if needed

Our team will continue to assess the patient’s needs and address them accordingly with ongoing care. We use a variety of dressing types and treatment techniques to find a solution that works for you.

Dressing types include:

  • Alginate
  • Hydrocolloid
  • Collagen
  • Hydrogel and hydrogel sheets
  • Composite
  • Moisture barriers and skin sealants
  • Foams
  • Transparent films
  • Impregnated gauze
  • Wound fillers 
  • Bioengineered Skin Substitutes

Adjunctive therapies include:

  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Our staff will also do an assessment of support surfaces such as beds or wheelchairs in some situations.


Schedule an Appointment

To request an appointment at a UP Health System Wound Care Center, please use the following phone numbers: 

Marquette

Phone: 906.449.1360
Fax: 906.449.1845

Portage

Phone: 906.483.1040
Fax: 833.654.0637

Bell

Phone: 906.485.2687

A referral is not required. However, some insurance plans do require that you have a referral from your Primary Care Provider. Please call the number on your insurance card to find out whether a referral is required for insurance coverage. We accept most insurance plans.