Before becoming a patient at St. Elizabeth’s Patrick T. Birrer Wound Care Center, Charles Lorentz battled open wounds that started after knee surgery, swelling and inflammation on his legs that refused to heal for years. Expertise, persistence and collaboration with a team of specialists helped Charles get the care and healing he couldn’t wait for any longer.
Charles was diagnosed with venous insufficiency, which disrupts blood flow from the legs as it travels back to the heart. The condition caused venous stasis – a large open wound on his right leg and swelling and inflammation on his left leg.
“Arteries carry your blood flow down your leg and veins carry the blood flow back up your leg,” says Interventional Radiologist Darren Hurst, MD. “I like to think of it like a highway system for the blood to flow back up your leg towards your heart. The valves are like little stoplights that control traffic and keep it flowing in the right direction. If they are not working correctly, then you get a traffic jam down in the lower portion of your leg. And that’s what we call venous stasis.”
The diagnosis was just the beginning. “It got progressively worse and worse before we started making headway. They would put medication on my wound and then they’d put dressings on it. They put wraps on from my toes up to my knee. It would start to improve. And then all of a sudden, it would just explode again,” says Charles about the early phase of treatment.
The Patrick T. Birrer Wound Care Centers offers comprehensive, personalized care to help patients with chronic and non-healing wounds find the relief they’ve been looking for.
“At the Wound Care Center, you can access multiple specialists within the same clinic. We refer you to different team members, depending on the care required to meet your unique needs,” says Roger Teller, MD, Medical Director of the Wound Care Centers.
The team has advanced expertise in a wide range of specialties, including: