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Published on May 15, 2017

Stanley Dsouza & Wound Care

Stanley Dsouza
Patient: Stanley Dsouza, Silver Spring, MD

Location: Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital

Services: Wound Care; Home Care

Doctors: Wendell Miles, MD; Andrew Catanzaro, MD

Can you imagine having a wound that takes years to heal? That’s what happened to Stanley D’Souza, who injured his leg as a teenager while playing soccer in India, where he grew up. After 70 years, his wound is finally healed thanks to the Center for Advanced Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital.

When D’Souza was 14, he was kicked in the shin and incurred a painful gash. With proper medical attention, the wound should have healed within two weeks. However, D’Souza did not have access to adequate care until he moved to the U.S. as an adult. Even then, his wound would not heal, so he knew he needed to see a specialist. He saw various doctors to try to close his chronic wound, but it would reopen over and over, creating a painful cycle.

In 2015, D’Souza came to the Wound Care Center at Washington Adventist Hospital. Now age 89 and with his wound open again, he wanted to end the vicious cycle. His age and diabetes diagnosis made healing even more difficult.

A team of physicians, including plastic surgeon Wendell G. Miles, MD – part of the Wound Care’s expert panel – and infectious disease Andrew Catanzaro, MD, took on the challenge.

After trying a number of advanced wound care treatments, Dr. Miles discovered the reason D’Souza’s wound would not heal – piece of exposed bone had caused osteomyelitis, a bone infection. Dr. Miles took D’Souza into surgery, removed the exposed bone, covered the bone with a skin substitute and placed a special brace on D’Souza’s leg.

Determined to heal, D’Souza began treatment in our state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen chamber five days a week for several months. Despite his age, D’Souza was extremely compliant with his treatments and even took public transportation to his appointments.

Adventist HealthCare Home Health assisted him in making and keeping his appointments. His doctors placed him on antibiotics and met him for regular follow-ups, witnessing vast improvement over the course of D’Souza’s treatments.

After a year, on Dec. 19, 2016, an assessment at the Wound Care Center showed he was completely healed. His nurse and case manager, Ariel Holmes, RN, was overjoyed to see her patient’s incredible recovery.

“It’s really beneficial for our patients that our Wound Care Center is located within the hospital,” said Holmes. “That way, they have continuity with their doctor or surgeon even after they are discharged from the inpatient area of the hospital and go home. Dr. Miles could make sure D’Souza got everything he needed to completely heal.”

She added that D’Souza was thrilled and thankful to Adventist HealthCare’s Wound Care Center for helping him heal after such long struggle.

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