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Symptoms, Conditions and Diagnosis

Whether you have a hard-to-heal wound or are coping with an ostomy, we can help achieve your goals of healing and independence.


At the Northwest Community Wound and Ostomy Clinic, we help patients to identify, assess, manage and prevent hard-to-heal wounds resulting from:

  • Pressure ulcers or bed sores
  • Vascular ulcers
  • Venous ulcers
  • Arterial ulcers
  • Diabetic ulcerations
  • Skin conditions resulting from incontinence
  • Surgical procedures or traumas
  • Amputations
  • Infections (non-healing wounds)


Depending upon the type of surgery, your doctor may have created an opening on your body, called an ostomy or stoma. This is a hole in your abdomen for waste to leave your body. The most common surgeries resulting in an ostomy are:

  • Colostomy
  • Ileostomy
  • Urostomy

Perhaps you have a fistula (a dilated vein) for dialysis treatment. Or a tube inserted for medication or drainage. In all these cases, it is important to keep an eye on the opening and the skin around it, clean it properly and protect it from irritation. Seek help if the opening becomes irritated or raw, increases in size or if you experience pain.

A physician’s order is required for a patient to be seen at the Wound and Ostomy Clinic. To schedule an appointment, call 847.618.3231.

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Last Updated 1/22/2010