MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- After undergoing intestinal surgery, returning to everyday life may depend on how quickly the surgical wound heals. Some patients, like Mort Axelrod, must adjust to life with a stoma. But thanks to The Wound Care Center at Northern Westchester Hospital, they don't need to adapt alone.
A stoma is a medical incision, usually made in the abdomen, which allows for the direct removal of harmful bodily substances. These open stomas protrude from the skin, often creating uncomfortable and challenging side effects.
"Many times when patients get stomas, they are given instructions on how to care for them in the immediate post operative period by nurses and physicians," said Dr. Bruce Molinelli, medical director of the wound care clinic at Northern Westchester Hospital. "Over time, most patients will become their own experts on how to care for their stoma." However, having a network of support including the wound care clinic to help deal with these and other medically-induced wounds, whether initially or later on, is invaluable.
The NWH Wound Care Center offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds, like stomas. In addition to the support of doctors and staff, patients have access to advanced treatments, including leading-edge hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
For patients like Axelrod, knowing he has support provides almost as much relief as the medical services themselves. "He felt that suddenly, after all these years, there was someone he could turn to for help," said Molinelli.
Learn more about treatment for non-healing wounds by visiting the wound care clinic at Northern Westchester Hospital or calling 914-458-8771 to schedule an appointment.
To find a doctor, call the Northern Westchester Hospital referral line at 877 4 NWH DOC -- (877) 469-4362 -- or request online.