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Treatment of chronic wounds (vascular surgery)

Wounds generally close on their own without any additional measures. Chronic wounds however require medical intervention. The University Hospital Zurich offers patients an interdisciplinary outpatient wound clinic

The aim of treatment of chronic wounds is to support the body’s own healing process. “Most importantly, the body should have an adequate supply of blood and oxygen,” says Dr. Philip Düppers, senior physician-in-charge of the .wound clinic and certified wound expert at the University Hospital Zurich.

Vacuum therapy

Vacuum therapy is most commonly prescribed. A kind of sponge is attached to the wound with a film. Wound secretions are then suctioned off through a drainage tube using negative pressure. This helps clean the wound, reduces the number of harmful germs and promotes blood circulation. Vacuum therapy is usually preceded by a surgical procedure to remove dead tissue.

Other therapeutic options

Other therapeutic options are available should standard therapies fail. Cold plasma therapy involves spraying cold plasma onto the wound with a pen for about a minute once a day. This special gas helps kill hostile bacteria or viruses, stimulate cell growth and supply the skin and cells with oxygen. Maggot therapy, on the other hand, is used for the treatment of particularly stubborn dead tissue over the wound, whereby disinfected fly larvae bred in the laboratory consume diseased tissue, so to speak.

Interdisciplinary treatment

Patients are advised and treated by specialists and specially trained nursing staff at the University Hospital Zürich,  and benefit from their expertise across a range of disciplines. Specialists in vascular surgery, dermatology, plastic surgery, internal medicine, orthopedics, radiology, and infectious diseases collaborate closely with one another.

Responsible doctors

Philip Düppers, Dr. med.

Senior Consultant, Department of Vascular Surgery

Specialties: Endovascular and open repair of abdominal aortic and peripheral surgical procedures , Arterial and venous ultrasound tests, Specializes in treatment of complex wound management
Tel. +41 43 253 06 61

For patients

Please register directly with the Vascular Surgery Clinic for your first appointment. Three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings) the outpatient wound consultation session takes place. For complex cases, an interdisciplinary consultation is also offered on Monday afternoon.

Tel. +41 44 255 20 39

Opening hours:
8 a. m. 12 noon
13. 00 5 p. m

For assigners

Simply assign your patient to the wound consultation hour online.

University Hospital Zurich
Clinic for Vascular Surgery
Rämistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 255 20 39