Pikeville man thanks Wound Care Center for excellent service

Kathy Atkins

The Wound Care Center at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) specializes in healing wounds that have resisted other treatments. Types of wounds that are difficult to heal include diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers or wounds associated with poor circulation just to name a few.


Kenny Frasure of Pikeville, a diabetic who suffers from chronic osteomyelitis, is having success with treatment at PMC’s Wound Care Center. Osteomyelitis is a bone infection in the foot which in the past was considered incurable.


“Before I started the treatments, I was in a lot of pain and discomfort,” said Frasure. “I was worried that I was going to lose my foot.”


Dr. Molly Meier, podiatrist, is treating Frasure with a combination of therapies.


“Wound care is a combination of the right treatment for each individual patient,” said Dr. Meier. “One therapy alone is never as successful as several together.”


Dr. Meier prescribed Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for Frasure’s wound. In this treatment, patients lie in a pressurized chamber, breathing pure oxygen. The oxygen is forced into the blood stream which carries it to the wound site or infection. This creates the formation of new capillary beds in the wound which ultimately establishes healing.


Frasure was also fitted with a total contact cast by a casting specialist at the PMC Wound Care Center. This type of cast is designed to take weight off the ulcer to enable healing.


With only a few treatments left to complete, Frasure is very pleased with the results.


“The HBOT and the cast together have healed my foot, and the HBOT is even making the hair on my head grow back!” he laughed.


Frasure is not expecting his wounds to return but he is following up with Dr. Meier to keep a check on his feet.


“This hospital is the best thing to happen to eastern Kentucky,” continued Frasure. “They have the best doctors right here in Pikeville.”


The PMC Wound Care Center is staffed by professionals who are certified in wound care. Staff physicians include Dr. John Fleming, medical director, Dr. Tim Wright, surgeon and Dr. Molly Meier, podiatrist. David Thacker serves as the HBOT Safety Director and has completed training and certification in this field.


For more information on the PMC Wound Care Center call 606-218-4721.