Chronic Wounds / Ulcers Treatment
What is Chronic Wounds / Ulcers Treatment
Chronic Wounds / Ulcers – Non-healing, or chronic wounds, are complex wounds that do not progress through the usual phases of healing. This can be caused by intrinsic or extrinsic influences and all age groups or patient types from the healthy to those with multiple comorbidities can be affected. Wound healing is a complex and dynamic process of restoring cellular structures and tissue layers.
A chronic wound is a wound that has not resolved over a reasonable period of time no matter the cause. Changes occur within the molecular environment of a chronic wound that are not conducive to healing and addressing the issues that might be responsible for the physiological wound changes may restart healing. Understanding the phases of wound healing will assist the plastic surgeon with evaluating where and when the healing stopped and what might have contributed to the wound stalling.
The healing cascade starts with the injury or insult and progresses toward complete closure. The phases of acute wound healing are the inflammatory phase, the proliferative phase, and the remodelling phase.
Dr. Karatzias is the Director and Partner of Wound Healing – The Professional Mobile Unit, a company dedicated to dealing with chronic wounds and traumas for people unable or unwilling to be transferred from their home, hospital or nursing home. Wound Healing – professional Mobile Unit provides complete, adequate and holistic treatment of the patients with ulcer-traumas, having as final objective the complete healing.
At the moment, this is the only medical unit of this type operating in Cyprus, with an experience as a mobile medical practice, operating in accordance with the international quality standards in both evaluating the needs of the patient and the specific treatment. The purpose of Wound Healing – Mobile Unit is to provide home-delivered health care services for homebound patients.
Additionally Dr Karatzias qualifications (MSc in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair by Cardiff University) appointed him as the representative for Cyprus for the International Working Group of Diabetic Foot (IWGDF).