Wound Care and Limb Preservation Center

Wound CareMost wounds heal with time. When they do not heal, specialists at The George Washington University Hospital's Wound Care and Limb Preservation Center can provide interdisciplinary care that uses many of the latest wound-healing techniques for patients who are seeking relief for their acute and chronic wounds.

Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Care

The range of services provided by the staff at the Wound Care and Limb Preservation Center includes: physician support and assessment in the areas of infectious diseases, podiatry, vascular surgery, plastic surgery, orthopedics and wound care.  

The center's primary focus is to heal acute and chronic wounds. Treatments offered are evidence-based and may include skin substitutes, medicated dressings such as gels, alginates and silver foams, compression therapy, negative pressure therapy, and chemical or surgical debridement. Hyperbaric medicine has proven to stimulate healing in radiation cystitis, diabetic ulcers, ischemic skin grafts/flaps and sickle cell patients who have wounds.

Appointments at the Wound Care and Limb Preservation Center at The George Washington University Hospital are available within 24 hours of referral and walk-in patients are accepted. The center is easily accessible from within the hospital, and is just steps from the Foggy Bottom Metro station.

Specialists at the Wound Care and Limb Preservation Center at The George Washington University Hospital treat the following conditions:


  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Chronic venous ulcers or venous insufficiency
  • Arterial ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Burns, trauma wounds
  • Non-healing surgical wounds, ostomy wounds
  • Resistant bone infection wounds/Refractory Osteomyelitis
  • Sickle cell wounds
  • Wounds of unknown cause

Saving Lives and Limbs

Vascular disorders could result in fatal or disabling strokes, or aneurysms. The Vascular Surgery Program at GW Hospital has the advanced equipment that physicians need to focus on early detection, treatment and prevention of circulatory problems.

Limb amputation can be a major complication for patients who have diabetes, peripheral artery disease, kidney problems or another complex condition that impairs circulation. The staff at the GW Hospital Vascular Surgery Program works to treat vascular disorders and help prevent such amputations.

Minimally Invasive Techniques

The limb healing team at The George Washington University Hospital uses aggressive medical therapies to treat chronic diseases and related complications in a patient's legs, such as nerve damage, infections, wounds or gangrene.

As part of the treatment process, doctors may perform minimally invasive catheter-based procedures, and use balloons, stents or other devices to restore blood flow to the legs. Minimally invasive procedures are not the right choice for every patient, so in some cases, surgeons may need to perform traditional surgery to bypass blockages in the legs.

Bypass Surgery

Bypass surgery in the leg is very similar to coronary artery bypass surgery. Doctors typically take a healthy section of a patient's blood vessel, called a graft, from a different part of his or her body, and connect the healthy blood vessel to above and below the blockage. Blood then flows through the healthy vessel, bypassing the blocked area.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

  • Air or gas embolism
  • Arterial insufficiency
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Decompression sickness
  • Crush injury
  • Intracranial abscess
  • Gas gangrene
  • Radiation injury (soft or bony necrosis)
  • Necrotizing fasciitis
  • Severe anemia
  • Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss

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GW Wound Care and Limb Preservation Center
The George Washington University Hospital
900 23rd Street, NW
Lobby Level
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-715-5302
Fax: 202-715-4085

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Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy provides high-pressure oxygen in a pressurized cylinder, called a hyperbaric chamber. Breathing 100 percent pure oxygen increases the amount of oxygen in the blood to many times its normal level. Blood vessels deliver this "super" oxygenated blood to tissues throughout the body to help heal, fight off infection, decrease swelling, and aid in the growth of new blood vessels.

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