The process of healing is complex and involves multiple factors that are required to work in near perfection to properly and in a timely manner heal our body. When injury to the skin and the surrounding structures occurs, the process is put into action, and the activation and synchronization of wound healing begins.
How Biologics Aid Wound Healing
Most of us are very familiar with the process of wound healing from the many cuts and scrapes that we all experience during our busy lives. We do not think of the many interactions occurring within our body that activate the complex and amazing interaction between multiple systems within the body that ultimately lead to healing. The synchronization between the fluid between cells, the environment around the cells, including coagulative factors, inflammation events, fibrous tissue production, deposition of collagen and epithelization with wound contracture, and finally, tissue granulation and remodeling. These processes seem to happen without our even thinking about them.
What happens when this complex system of events is disrupted or not allowed to occur properly due to intrinsic or extrinsic factors in our environment? Complications in this delicate process can cause wounds that don’t heal or lead to further injury and damage to structures around and deep into the original injury.
The science of wound care and wound management has exploded over recent years. This has provided understanding and management tools that can help us assist in the healing process to avoid wounds that don’t heal and, in many cases, speed the process of healing to eliminate the many risks associated with non-healing or chronic wounds.
Biomedical innovation over the last decades has provided a significant increase in the understanding of wounds and clinical applications to help us provide advanced treatment modalities to our patients. The field of biologic wound healing therapies includes therapies that are intended to facilitate the re-establishment of the normal repair mechanism. These therapies may consist of products that include skin substitutes, biomembranes, and scaffold materials.
Contact Us Today
At Canyon Foot + Ankle, Dr. Pilling and Dr. Rockwood have over 20 years of experience assisting patients in healing simple and complicated wounds of the legs, ankles, and feet. During your visit with the doctors, they can answer and explain the treatment options available to you and work with you to develop a plan to manage and heal your wounds. They are working with other experts to stay educated and informed with the latest and most up-to-date techniques and products that will help you get back to an active and wound-free lifestyle. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and get back on your feet again.