St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital Wound Care Clinic provides comprehensive wound care and hyperbaric medicine services. The Wound Care Clinic provides state-of-the-art care for difficult to heal wounds of every description, including diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, venous leg ulcers, arterial ulcers, non-healing surgical and traumatic wounds, wounds due to sickle cell anemia or vasculitis, and many other challenging problems.
Our goal is to help our patients achieve healing as soon as possible. In the meantime, our plan is to relieve patient suffering in a nurturing atmosphere, encourage hope, and provide comfort and dignity. After our patients have healed, we will implement a plan to help reduce the chances of a wound recurrence.
APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE: (936) 266-2150
We can help with the following conditions:
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Pressure ("decubitus") ulcers
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Surgical wounds that have not healed
- Ulcers from sickle cell disease
- Leg ulcers from "poor circulation"
- Ulcers from previous cancer radiation
- Ulcers from an injury that never healed
We utilize the latest in technology, evaluating circulation with transcutaneous oximetry to assess skin oxygen levels, offering wound healing modalities such as semi-synthetic human skin (e.g. Apligraf, Dermagraft), negative pressure wound dressings (like "the V.A.C") and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. We also utilize the latest in wound dressings to maintain a moist wound environment conducive to healing. Patients are assessed by our experienced physicians at the initial visit and then a comprehensive individualized plan is created. Photo documentation is provided and patients are followed closely in the clinic until healing occurs.
An aggressive limb salvage program, in conjunction with physicians who are experts in restoring blood to the legs, offers early vascular intervention to patients with vascular compromise. Patients are evaluated with transcutaneous oximetry, and if appropriate, referred directly for magnetic resonance angiography (MRA). MRA does not require contrast dye, which is toxic to the kidneys, and does not require putting a needle directly into the arteries. The angiograms obtained in this way can be evaluated to determine whether patients are candidates for revascularization either via angioplasty or via surgery. We are then able to confirm that the procedure was successful by repeating transcutaneous oximetry. If oxygen values are still low, hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be useful.
||Caroline Fife, MD
St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital Wound Care Clinic
Dr. Fife earned a BS and MD from Texas A&M University College of Medicine. After a residency in Family Medicine at The University of Texas, Southwestern in Dallas, she completed a two-year fellowship in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine (UHM) at Duke University. Board certified in UHM, she joined the faculty of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as a professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, initiating the Memorial Hermann Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine and the Lymphedema Center. In 2012, after 22 years in academics, Dr. Fife joined St. Luke's as medical director of its Wound Care Clinic in The Woodlands. The certified wound specialist co-chairs the Alliance of Wound Care Stakeholders, and currently serves on the boards of the American Academy of Wound Management and the American Professional Wound Care Association.
Past President, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society
Co-editor of Wound Care Practice and Women and Pressure: Diving and Flying
Executive Director, U.S. Wound Registry