There is amazing work happening at the Baptist Health Wound Care Center in North Little Rock. One patient knows how amazing it is. He would have lost half his leg without it.
Last fall, Stuart Parsons was riding his motorcycle in Searcy, when, in an instant, he collided with a truck and was severely injured. Weeks later, one of his injuries never got better.
"My foot, my heel, started turning really, really black and got really hard. And it just didn't feel right," Parsons said.
By the time Parsons got to Baptist Hospital, his foot was in very bad shape.
Dr. Angela Driscoll, is one of a few board certified wound care specialists in the state. She says 10 years ago, a below the knee amputation would've been the standard treatment. But, now, Parsons got an aggressive attempt to save his leg, including, IV antibiotics, and a negative vacuum pressure system.
"It's almost like, putting a vacuum cleaner to your wound to help stimulate the red, healthy tissue to grow," Dr. Driscoll said.
Parsons then was ready for a skin graft, and just three months later, he was back working as a pipe inspector.
"I feel a lot better. I actually do get to walk now. Before, I was on crutches and I didn't get to walk for five months. So, anything's better than that. There's no place i'd rather be for my wound care that right here. I can assure you," he said.
Dr. Driscoll says any wound that has not healed in six weeks or has odor, or puss, or causes fever needs medical attention.