Management of chronic or difficult-to-treat wounds can require an interdisciplinary approach among a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, and physical therapists. Yet wounds are frequently treated by health care professionals who have not been formally trained in wound healing. This can lead to suboptimal treatment and the unnecessary development of complications such as scarring and infection. Hard-to-treat or chronic wounds, such as pressure sores, diabetic foot ulcers and nonhealing surgical wounds, should be seen by a certified wound care specialist.
As the patient, you can increase the speed and quality of your healing by being familiar with the procedures and medical options available. You should be an active, not passive, member of your wound care team