Wound Care Center
For most people, dealing with a problem wound can be difficult and frustrating. Non-healing wounds that are a result of trauma, surgery, complications with diabetes or pressure ulcers, often require an aggressive multidisciplinary team approach.
Dedicated to restoring health and mobility to patients living with a persistent wound, The Wound Care Center of Appalachian Regional Healthcare System offers that multidisciplinary team approach necessary to help you heal.
Conveniently located at 169 Doctor's Drive in Boone, the highly qualified and experienced Wound Care Center team includes a wound-educated PA-C (Advanced Practitioner), a certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse, a Certified Nursing Assistant. Paul S. Dagher, MD of Watauga Surgical Group serves as the Medical Director of The Wound Care Center.
The Wound Care Center not only provides several treatment modalities, but also, when appropriate, nutrition counseling, diabetes education, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, diagnostic testing and lab services. Additionally, full ostomy services including pre-op education, stoma marking and post-op care is available.
Other services offered at the Wound Care Center include:
- Total Contact Casting
- Compression treatment
- Negative pressure wound therapy
- Wound irrigation and debridement
- Therapeutic wound care modalities
- Ostomy pre and post-op education
- Skin grafts
**A physician referral is required.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does each visit take? Open or Close
First evaluation takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours depending on the type of wound or ostomy care. The subsequent visits usually will take 30 minutes to an hour.
Why is a special center for treating wounds beneficial? Open or Close
It requires specialized knowledge to ensure optimal healing and better outcomes.
How many and how frequent are visits to the Wound Care Center? Open or Close
This varies depending on the type of the wound and your overall health.
Do most health insurance plans cover medical expenses? Open or Close
Most do. We will be happy to get authorization for treatment prior to the visit.
How can I become a patient of the Wound Care Center? Open or Close
Your primary care physician can make a referral or you can call the Wound Care Center at (828) 262-9520 and we can assist you with obtaining the physician referral.
What are the causes of chronic wounds? Open or Close
Several things can lead to chronic wounds, such as: poor circulation, diabetes, infection, trauma, pressure to the skin, immobility and post surgical complications.
How do I know if I have a non-healing wound? Open or Close
If you have had your wound for over a month and it has not changed in size, then you should consider getting a referral from your physician to the Wound Care Center.