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Specialty Wound Care

Wound Care and Diabetes Complications

Individuals with diabetes are at high risk for three major complications; poor circulation, pain and numbness also known as neuropathy and impaired immune function. This triad of complications set up for a vicious circle of injury to the skin, difficulty in healing the wound and difficulty in healing an infection. For this reason persons with diabetes are urged to see a foot doctor also known as podiatrist regularly for a foot exam. Even more important is to find a foot doctor with extensive experience treating diabetic complications.

Doctor Karcic received specialized training in her post-doctoral residency treating a wide scope of diabetic complications, she also has over fifteen years experience treating diabetic complications like leg ulcers, poor circulation, infections, fractures and foot deformities. Dr. Karcic works together with the patient’s primary care physician to optimize each patient’s care and custom tailors each patient’s treatment to meet their individual needs.

Patient was injured, losing skin from the top of the foot. Treatment took 6 months. Wound healed very well.
Complicating factors were diabetes and poor circulation.
One week after injury. Full thickness of skin is missing. wound measures 6 cm.
This ulcer requires surgical debridement under local anesthetic.
Before Debridement.
At Three weeks the image is 3 cm by 7 cm.
View at Four Weeks.
View at 5 weeks. 5cm by 3cm.
Second View at 5 weeks
Third View at 5 weeks
View at 11 weeks. 5 cm by 2.5 cm. Pinkish edges indicate new skin growth.
Another view at 11 weeks.
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Dr Julia Heya Karcic 814.868.3488

© Dr. Julia-Heya Karcic 2012