Wound Care

Cayuga Medical Center, as part of the Cayuga Health System, has opened a Wound Center at Schuyler Hospital. With one of the most advanced wound centers in the region, the Cayuga Center for Wound Healing offers highly specialized treatments of chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions. Wounds that do not heal in 30 days often have underlying medical conditions that require additional attention. The increase in diabetes, vascular disease, and an aging population are placing more demand in communities for wound treatment centers.

Under the direction of Dr. James Winkler, The Wound Center is seeing patients in the Specialty Clinic in the Hospital on Mondays. Appointments should be made through the Cayuga Wound Center at (607) 274-4203.

Your role in healing

You will play an important role in the success of your treatment and healing. It will be important for you to follow instructions carefully and watch your progress closely. Wound specialists will show you how you, your family, or your caregiver can care for yourself at home and also how to protect yourself from further injuries. The Wound Center staff is available to answer questions and give you support as you progress.

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The treatment of wounds is a complex task and each person’s case is unique because patients heal at different rates and times. The Wound Care staff understands this and are prepared to treat and guide patients through the process successfully. Some of the different types of wounds the Wound Center helps with include the following:

  • Any wound failing to improve with multiple treatments or therapies
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Lower leg ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Bone infection (osteomyelitis)
  • Gangrene
  • Skin tears or lacerations
  • Late effects of radiation therapy
  • Post-operative infections
  • Slow or non-healing surgical wounds
  • Compromised skin flaps or grafts
  • Certain burns

Dealing with a wound can provide challenges. At Schuyler Hospital our wound care team will work with you on an individualized plan of care and also provide support and information on diabetic education, smoking cessation, weight reduction, and dietary supplements. You can also visit NYS Smokers’ QUITLINE.

The following list of factors may lead to chronic wounds:

  • Malnutrition and diet
  • Circulation problems
  • Infection
  • Aging
  • Diabetes
  • Gangrene
  • Hyperglycemia – especially blood sugars over 150
  • Arthritis
  • Kidney disease
  • Certain medications
  • Swelling
  • Weight
  • Smoking
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