Got a wound that won't heal? Local doctors take it seriously and so should patients

CINCINNATI - Retired journalist and teacher Emil Dansker of Hyde Park discovered the area’s specialty in wound care when he pulled out a drawer from his desk, and it dropped on his foot.

“I had never heard of wound care until I had a wound that needed care,” said Dansker. “I went out to the wound care center, and they went to work.”

As millions of Americans confront the debilitation of diabetes, obesity, radiation therapy and other challenges, a demand has grown for specialists who manage the care of wounds that do not heal naturally. Untreated, wounds cut into quality of life and, especially for diabetics, can lead to amputation of a limb.

In the Tri-State, the major medical systems are devoting more time and attention to wound care. Mercy Health’s four clinics — at Clermont Hospital, Fairfield Hospital, The Jewish Hospital and West Hospital — belong to the Healogics network, based in Jacksonville, Fla., the largest private provider of specialty wound care in the country.

When Dansker, 84, dropped that desk drawer on the top of his right foot last year, “it didn’t really bother me at first. But after a few days, it was swelling up, and I clearly needed more attention.” 

After surgery to drain the injury, he was referred to the clinic at The Jewish Hospital for 10 weekly visits. At the clinic, his wound was drained, cleaned of dead cells and redressed.

WCPO Insiders can read more about two local physicians who specialize in wound care and learn about the range of treatments available. Plus, what you should never use to treat your own wounds!

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