The Kessler Center for Wound Care provides the highly-specialized treatment that can help heal chronic wounds. Our team of wound care experts -- physicians, nurses and technicians – combines support, education and the most advanced treatments available to optimize the recovery and quality of life of each patient.
As part of Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, one of the nation's leading rehabilitation hospitals, the Center for Wound Care has partnered with Healogics™, the world's largest wound care management organization, to offer you new hope for healing.
About Wound Care
A chronic or non-healing wound is generally defined as a sore, ulcer or other skin breakdown that that has not responded or significantly improved with conventional treatment over a 30-day period. These wounds are often associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins and immobility, and can lead to serious complications, including amputation.
The types of wounds we treat include:
- Diabetic Ulcers
- Necrotizing fasciitis
- Neuropathic ulcers
- Peristomal skin irritations
- Pressure ulcers
- Surgical wounds
- Traumatic wounds
- Venous insufficiency
Individuals should speak with their physician about any wounds that are not healing properly or in a timely manner, as well as any sores with increasing pain, redness or swelling, foul odor, a change in color or appear to be infected.
Treating chronic wounds is a complex and often challenging process. At the Kessler Center for Wound Care, we draw on the expertise and experience of our clinical staff to create a plan of care that will best meet your individual needs. We begin with a comprehensive evaluation to determine the most effective course of treatment for you. Among the treatment options available are:
- Advanced dressings and wraps
- Bio-engineered tissue substitutes
- Compression therapy
- Edema management
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Growth factor therapies
- Negative pressure wound therapy
We integrate the science and technology of healing with the care and support each patient needs to successfully recover. As part of this we continually challenge ourselves to explore the clinically proven methods that foster the body's innate ability to heal and draw on the many resources that the Healogics network provides.
Education is a key component of our program. We will work closely with you and your family to make sure that you understand your condition, what to expect from your treatment and how to manage your wound at home. As part of this comprehensive approach to care, we offer:
- Diabetes management
- Infectious-disease management
- Nutritional management
- Pain management
In addition, patients may be referred for physical and/or occupational therapy if needed.
Your Wound Care Team
Kessler's team of wound care professionals is here to guide your healing and recovery. As part of that, we will communicate your progress with your referring physician. In addition, we will work with him/her and any of your other doctors to ensure that any other health issues, related conditions or complications are being managed.
Pictured above (from L-R): Cari Perez, RN, WCC, Program Director; Amy Law-Rydberg, RN, staff nurse; Matthew Bell, EP, HBO Safety Director; Gretchen Longaker, RN, Clinical Coordinator; Nizelle Olivo, Medical Office Coordinator
Your Kessler Wound Center team will include:
- Physicians with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
- Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies
- Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records, and health insurance processing
The health care professionals at the Kessler Center for Wound Care participate in Healogics on-going training and education programs in order to provide patients with the latest research and most effective treatments. This is the nation's largest program of its kind in the nation dedicated to the science of the care of wounds.
You can begin the healing process by scheduling an appointment. Your first appointment will include a comprehensive diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems that have caused the wound. We will also review your overall health status and discuss your ability to comply with the treatment program. Some of the diagnostic modalities which may be used include:
- Laboratory evaluation
- Radiology (including MRI)
- Transcutaneous oxygen testing
- Vascular studies
Based on this evaluation, we develop a customized care plan that will incorporate the most effective therapies for your needs. Wound size and depth are documented at the initial visit, and again at each subsequent visit.
To benefit from your treatment, it is important that you keep your scheduled appointments. Please allow about 2-1/2 to 3 hours for each session, depending on the specific therapies you are receiving. You will also be given instructions on how to care for your wound between visits and protect yourself from further injury. For example, patients are advised to refrain from smoking or using any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy because tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing due to its effect on the blood vessels in your body.
If you are sick – if you have a cold, cough, the flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea – inform the staff at the Center before your treatment begins. Also, alert the staff to any medications you are taking, or changes in medication during the course of your treatment. If you are diabetic, please be sure to eat properly and continue to take your prescribed medication to control your blood sugar level. Note that your blood sugar level will also be checked during each visit to the Center.
Once again, remember that the most significant factor in the healing process is you. Keeping your appointments, following directions and asking any questions you may have are critical to achieving a positive healing outcome.
Kessler Center for Wound Care accepts most insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. We will verify your coverage, but recommend that you check with your carrier to determine what your individual plan covers and what out-of-pocket expenses you may incur.
If you have any questions, would like to speak with a member of our Wound Care team, or schedule an appointment, contact us.
Kessler Center for Wound Care
470 North Franklin Turnpike - Suite 107
Ramsey, NJ 07446
Open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, the nation's largest single rehabilitation hospital, is one of only eight federally-designated Model Systems in the nation for the treatment and research of both spinal cord and brain injuries. That same level of quality care and innovative treatment distinguish its programs for stroke, amputation, neurological diseases, orthopedic and musculoskeletal rehabilitation and cardiac recovery. Ranked as one of the top two rehabilitation hospitals in the nation and best in New Jersey and the greater New York Metropolitan Region by U.S. News & World Report, Kessler has three hospital campuses in West Orange, Saddle Brook and Chester, N.J., and more than 85 outpatient centers throughout the state. For more information, visit www.kessler-rehab.com.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Healogics is the nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage more than 500 Wound Care Centers® in the nation and see nearly 200,000 patients per year through a connected network of centers, partner hospitals, academic medical centers, patients and families. Leveraging its scale and more than 20 years of experience, Healogics utilizes an evidence-based systematic approach to chronic wound healing in treating an underserved and growing patient population. For more information, visit www.healogics.com