Wound healing, as a normal biological process usually occurs through four dynamic and interchangeable phases:
For full wound healing to occur these intricate phases and physiological functions must occur in the proper order, be specific in time and duration for optimal effect. If you are reading this page, it’s likely that your wound is not progressing through the normal phases of healing and this can be for several reasons. Sometimes patients may have be living with a wound that is not healing for some time, for example a wound on the lower limb and be unaware that this may be a leg ulceration. It is vital that your wound has a proper diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan is in place with regular reviews and assessment of healing.
There are a number of factors that may affect the phases of healing and delay tissue repair:
There are also a number of specific wound factors that can affect healing:
We understand the complexities of living with a wound and that you may have a number of questions and we will go through everything with you.
There are times when a wound may not heal; it is important to have an open and realistic conversation about the potential treatment options, what matters to you and what you want to improve.
There are a number of treatments that we can consider and discuss in detail.