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Wound care Improved with Help of Vascular Surgery at MercyOne Siouxland

Aug 14, 2019 10:30AM ● By Alyssa McGinnis

By Marcy Peterson
MercyOne Siouxland

MercyOne Siouxland Wound Center is partnering with a local vascular surgeon, to innovate Siouxland's wound care needs.

The Wound Center has found that diabetic patients have a hard time healing wounds. The Center and vascular surgeon, Dr. Chad Laurich are joining forces to help the healing begin thorough helping ensure healthy blood circulation.

"If we can get better blood supply to a wound it really enhances our ability to heal wounds and preserve limbs and keep people walking and healthy overall," says Dr. Paul Johnson, the Medical Director of the MercyOne Wound Center. 

Dr. Johnson has seen numerous patients throughout the years, many of whom, have "sores and wounds on the toes feet or legs" which take up to three weeks to heal, on average. "If the time extends out and you're not healing, that's where you would want to seek medical help."

Dr. Chad Laurich, a vascular surgeon at Midlands Clinic says, "Diabetes really causes a lot of blockage in the arteries, causes neuropathy, and causes vascular disease in kind of a bad pattern, where you get those small vessels into the knee down to the foot."

"Most of what we do these days is shave that blockage out. Depending how the blockage looks, and what kind of plaque is there. But after we've gotten a lot of that bulk or that blockage out, then we usually treat it with an angioplasty, shave the big stuff out and dilate it nicely with a balloon," says Laurich.

The innovative combination of surgery and wound care helps the patient get on the road to recovery and enables the ulcer or wound to heal at a quicker rate.