By: Value News | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: November 2011
Dr. Ladd Atkins specializes in wound care, cosmetic, advanced laparoscopy, and bariatric surgery.
Oklahoma has one of the highest percentages of amputations in America. Every day in Oklahoma, four people lose part or all of a leg. Approximately 1,800 amputation surgeries are performed each year in Oklahoma and more than 1,600 of those – about 90 percent – are lower body amputations. While diabetes plays a large part in these amputations (every 30 seconds someone gets an amputation as a result of diabetes), it’s not the only reason for the high number. Some are the result of motor vehicle accidents while others are due to military/war-related injuries, vascular diseases, and cancer.
Pinnacle Outpatient Wound Care of Oklahoma focuses on limb salvage. Pinnacle Outpatient Wound Care of Oklahoma offers more than 15 years of experience in wound care with the most current treatments available in the market today. They routinely exceed physician and patient expectations. Treatment methods include sharp debridements and vein procedures to enhance circulation for greater and faster healing of lower extremity wounds. Dr. Ladd Atkins is a vein specialist as well as a cosmetic surgeon and specializes in wound care.
Dr. Atkins recently received much praise from a patient who had struggled for years with wounds resulting from an amputated leg due to a motorcycle accident. The patient described Dr. Atkins, and Pinnacle Outpatient Wound Care of Oklahoma Coordinator Euphamia Thompson, as “extraordinary” in providing excellence in their care and support. The patient is well again after years of emotional, financial and physical strain.
Pinnacle offers consults with physicians in the following fields: internal medicine, physiatry, podiatry, general surgery, plastic surgery, and infectious disease. Wound care treatments include: Pulse Lavage, Echo Pulse Jettox, negative pressure wound therapy, transcutaneous oximetry measurements, autografts and xenografts.
Pinnacle Outpatient Wound Care of Oklahoma specializes in venous statis ulcers utilizing the Cool Touch Laser. Dr. Atkins provides minimally invasive endovenous laser ablation therapy. This technique is most often used to treat the large varicose veins in the legs and usually takes less than 30 minutes. There are a number of benefits to using this form of treatment including:
- Minimally invasive option which is quick and easy
- Improved overall body image resulting in increased confidence in one’s appearance
- Reduction in the chances of developing statis ulcers
- Increased blood circulation
- Relief (sometimes significant) from the discomfort of pain, aches, and heaviness
- Leaves no scars
- Can return to normal activities immediately
Pinnacle Outpatient Wound Care of Oklahoma also treats a number of other types of wounds. These include pressure ulcers (caused when pressure against the skin reduces blood supply to that area and the affected skin dies), non-healing surgical wounds, acute traumatic wounds, abscesses, and cellulitis (a skin infection caused by bacteria).
For further information about Pinnacle Outpatient Wound Care of Oklahoma and the services they provide, please call Euphamia Thompson at (918) 392-2780. Pinnacle Outpatient Wound Care of Oklahoma is located at 2408 E. 81st St., Ste. 600 in Tulsa and is part of Pinnacle Specialty Hospital, one of the finest specialty hospitals in the region.