Leg ulcers are the most frequently occurring chronic wound. In fact, 2.5 million Americans suffer from this treatable medical condition and another 600,000 new cases are surfacing each year.
Board-certified surgeon Fred Myers, director of Takoma Regional’s Wound Care Center, will discuss the causes, treatment and prevention of leg ulcers during a lunchtime talk called “The Walking Wounded” on Wednesday, March 4, at the Everett and Carolyn Coolidge Volunteer Conference Center on the hospital campus.
A heart-healthy lunch by local caterer Deidra Haruff will be served at 11:30 a.m., and Dr. Myer’s presentation begins at noon.
“Varicose veins are ugly but more than that, they are the leading cause of leg ulcers,” Dr. Myers said. “I’ll discuss the latest method of treatment for this, which is now office-based and less painful than it once was. We’ll also look at other types of non-healing leg ulcers and other chronic wounds, as well as ways to prevent them.”
Dr. Myers also will discuss how leg ulcers are being successfully treated at Takoma Regional’s Wound Care Center.
Dr. Myers received his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, Calif., and completed his internship and residency in general surgery at the Charles F. Kettering Memorial Hospital in Kettering, Ohio.
He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He also is certified by the American Academy of Wound Management as a certified wound specialist.
The Wound Care Center is located at Takoma Regional, 401 Takoma Ave. To schedule an appointment, please call 636-2395.
The cost for the event is $6, which includes lunch. Please note that parking is available on both sides of the conference center, located at the corner of Takoma Avenue and Coolidge Street. To register, please call 798-8110. Seating is limited.
Due to inclement weather, the February “Time Out” event with board-certified cardiologist Dr. Herbert Ladley was rescheduled and will be held Friday, Feb. 27. Dr. Ladley will discuss simple lifestyle changes to improve your heart health.