Chronic Wounds: A Growing Problem
It is estimated that 6.7 million people currently live with chronic wounds
and that number is expected to grow at more than two percent for the next
decade. The rising incidence is fueled by an aging population and increasing
rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late
effects of radiation therapy. Untreated chronic wounds can lead to diminished
quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb. Chronic
wounds represent a cost of more than $50 billion to the healthcare system.
More than 29 million people (9.5% of population) have diabetes in the
United States (US) and almost two million of those people annually will
develop a diabetic foot ulcer or other non-healing wound. Advanced wound
care aims to prevent amputations and heal patients in a faster and more
At The Advanced Wound Center at Mission Regional Medical Center, we follow
treatment protocols specifically established for each type of wound. We
utilize the latest approaches to wound healing and remain current in new
scientific advances in wound care.