Most gangrene infections occur when bacteria enter a surgical incision or a wound caused by injury. Non-traumatic gas gangrene, which is rare, develops when blood flow to tissues is compromised and bacteria gets inside. People with peripheral vascular disease, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), or diabetes are more vulnerable to gangrene.
The medical names for these severe infections are clostridial myositis and myonecrosis. These life-threatening infections develop quickly and cause toxins to form in tissue, cells, and blood vessels, leading to tissue death.
Treatment of gas gangrene may include antibiotics and surgery to remove the dead tissue (debridement). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy also may be indicated.
OUR WOUND CARE SPECIALISTS OFFER THESE PROVEN METHODS OF EVALUATION AND HEALING:
- Active debridement
- Skin grafts
- Bioengineered skin
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
- Incision and drainage
- Total contact casting
- Transcutaneous Oximetry (TCOM)
- Unna’s Boot