WOUND THAT WON'T HEAL

I have a wound on the back of my heel that will not heal, Have been on wound vac for 16 months, My doctor is wanting to place PIg Bladder Powder in the wound to see if it will grow new tissue has anyone ever heard of this before?

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Hi H-2040
are you on steroids? if so that is one reason your wound will not heal. another reason is that you r auto compromised. Lastly are you Diabetic they are slow to heal. After a month or so wound vacs have not been proven effective. I think it has been on too long. Is your wound draining that much or is the tissue just dead? If your docs cannot find a solution soon maybe you need a second opinion before you get some bone infection. I will pray for you if you don't mind
LnelsonRN

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Thank you for your response, no I am not on steroids at this time only when my sarcoid is flaring up do I go on the steroids. Yes I am a diabetic with uncontrolled blood sugars, The wound is still draining it is at the back of my heel like where you would get a blister from shoes,, it is about 2 inches long 2 inches wide and about 2 centimeters deep. The tissues around the wound stays white looking and I think they call it sluff??? they say wound vac is causing it. Inside the wound looks iike ground beef and water and blood continue to come out of it since my last surgery on April the 4th. There wound will heal after surgery at the top of the wound and at the botton of the wound but will not heal in the middle and no doctor knows why. I have had 3 different bone infections the lastest was in April right after surgery was given IV Vancomycin, but it almost stopped my kideney function as I am in stage 3 kidney failure. Was then put on Cubizon IV ifusion through a pic line for 8 weeks. Infection gone but foot not healed. Now the foot surgeron is wanting to put what he is calling pig bladder poweder in the wound and see what that will do. I am at the point I think I should go to Cleveland Clinic and see if they can save my foot. Have now been on wound vac this go around since the end of April. and no end in sight Any suggestions? YES PRAYERS ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED THANK YOU

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MGood morning, sounds like the people placing the wound vac may not know exactly how to use/apply. If you have white skin outside the wound bed it can come from to much moisture under the clear dressing and skin prep not being used. If the top and bottom are healing it can be they need to rough those edges to give the center something to adhere to. You can contact the Wound Vac Company in Texas and they will give some advice or recommend someone to evaluate the use. You do have some Medical issues as well that cause SLOW healing. God bless and keep trying to get answers.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE. YES I THINK THERE IS WAY TO MUCH MOISTURE UNDER THE PLASTIC ON THE WOUND VAC IT LOOKS LIKE MY FOOT HAS BEEN IN WATER TO LONG AND GOT WRINKLED AND WHITE. EVEN WITH SKIN PREP BEING USED IT STILL DOES THAT. THE DOCTOR HAD ME TAKE THE WOUND VAC OFF FOR A FEW DAYS AND DO A WET TO DRY TREAT MENT TWICE A DAY AND IT IS LOOKING BETTER OFF THE VAC THAN ON THE VAC. WHEN I GO TO THE DOCTOR EVERY 2 WEEK HE DOES A DEBRISMENT HE SCRAPES ALL THE WHITE TISSUE OFF AND MAKE IT BLEED. I AM SEEING A FOOT SURGEON AM THINKING IT IS TIME FOR A WOUND SPECIALIST OR A INFECTIOUS DISEASE DOCTOR ANY IDEAS ON THAT ONE?

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If you have type 2 diabetes, Go to Jonathan V Wright M.D. web site and learn how to get rid of it. There was a news article in yahoo news of a shot now that will reverse type one diabetes as well. This may still in the testing stage though. This was in the news a couple of days ago.
Also look into the tree of life. Olive leaf extract and how to use it. It has been used for thousands of years to heal.

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I think you are on target with going to an infection disease Dr., wound specialist, or diabetise specialist. When I had that problem...........wounds not healing, I went to a wound clinic. If it began to turn white, they would tell me to back off on how much ointment I was putting on it. You don't want it to dry out, nor do you want it too wet. I had a friend that was diabetic and he had the same problem, but they told him to stay off of it and keep it elevated. that is the worst place to have a wound because of the blood flow.

I am on Methotrexate and steroids, so my skin is extremely thin and easy to tear. I have to wounds right above the ankle and it take at least 6 months for them to heal well enough for me not to have to wear compression stockings. Even when it looks well, since the skin is so thin, if my legs swell, it could open again.

Hope you can get some help for yourself. It does sound as though you need a second opinion.

Jo

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Sorry it has taken awhile to get back with you, my daughter had appointments. Not sure how often they are changing the Vac dressing. We usually change 1-2 a week. If there is that much moisture are you using an ointment? If so what? The best thing when using a wound vac is to be followed by a wound specialist. They are qualified to make dressing changes, do debridement, and anything for the wound. I wish you well.

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I have a spot on my leg that won't heal

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It doesn't look like anyone has answered your question about the pig bladder treatment. While I don't have any personal experience with this I did watch a science program about growing new human tissue this was one of the most promising treatments. One individual actually grew a new thumb! It was amazing. You should remain open to the possibility of this helping and ask for more details from your dr.

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My Gram had a burn wound that wouldn't heal until she started using Betadine on it. It healed in a very short time.

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PIG BLADDER POWDER WAS PUT ON WEDNESDAY WE ARE PRAYING FOR GOOD RESULTS

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Tonight on the news they were talking about wounds that won't heal. A local doctor has devised a special hyperbaric oxygen chamber, which has been having success. Please keep us informed about the bladder powder, sounds hopeful!!
Sending you healing blessings!!! :-) LB

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Yes you do need to see a wound specialist I thought that was who you were following up with for the wound vac. Please go to a wound Doc.
LnelsonRN

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Ok how's the powder doing?

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You know I can't say that I recommend this or not. but my friend had a wound on his leg that he couldn't get to heal. So he ended up putting cyan pepper in it and it ended up healing and closing up. I am not sure if he put it in there every day but all I know is it did work, at least for him anyway.

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THE POWDER WAS PUT IN LAST WEDNESDAY WENT BACK TO SURGEON THIS WEDNESDAY AND THE WOUND WAS ABOUT HALF THE SIZE IT WAS LAST WEEK, LOOKS LIKE THIS MAY BE THE THING THAT WILL HELP MY FOOT. MORE POWDER WAS APPLIED SO WE WILL SEE NEXT WEEK

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THAT SURE SOUNDS PROMISING FOR YOU. GLAD TO HEAR, ONE LESS THING TO WORRY ABOUT.

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WE ARE PRAYING IT LOOKS AS GOOD NEXT WEEK AS IT DID THIS WEEK, BUT AS WE ALL KNOW THINGS CAN GO DOWN HILL FAST, BEEN THERE MANY TIMES BEFORE

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If I've learned anything from this site it is to be POSITIVE and SUPPORTIVE. It is always nice to get GOOD NEWS since so many medical visits are more bad or NO news. Keep the positve and dang the worry. We only have faith and hope to keep going. My prayers will be for the progress to continue no matter how small.

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