Wound Care Specialist

Susan J. Seman, DO, FACOS -  - Board Certified General Surgeon

Susan J. Seman, DO, FACOS

Board Certified General Surgeon & Aesthetics located in West Bloomfield Township, MI

Over 6 million Americans live with and care for chronic wounds. Dr. Susan J. Seman, DO, FACOS, an experienced surgeon and certified wound specialist physician, offers expert wound care services at her West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, office to address your specific health needs and provide you with ongoing medical support. Dr. Seman and her compassionate staff provide comprehensive care for chronic wounds, like diabetic ulcers, bedsores, traumatic ulcers, and post-surgical wounds. Learn more about available services for chronic wound care by calling the office or using the online booking feature.

Wound Care Q&A

What causes chronic wounds?

A chronic wound is one that doesn’t heal properly over a period of time. As a result, your skin can become damaged, infected, and painful. When a wound becomes chronic, you need consistent medical care to prevent a worsening of the wound or other health complication.

Common causes of wounds include surgery and other health complications, such as:

  • Burns
  • Infection
  • Diabetes
  • Vascular disease

You may also develop a chronic wound if you have an underlying medical condition that causes immobility or confines you to bed.

What are common types of chronic wounds?

Dr. Seman can address a number of common and complex wounds using both surgical and nonsurgical treatments. Common types of wounds she treats include:

Arterial ulcers

A wound that results from poor circulation in the feet and legs that can cause intense pain following physical activity or when legs are elevated.

Pressure ulcers

Results from long periods of sitting or lying in one position causing the skin to become damaged and painful. Pressure ulcers often affect the back of the head, spine, tailbone, and shoulder blades.

Traumatic ulcers

Injury to the body can damage numerous layers of tissue, interfering with your veins, arteries, or lymphatic system that causes painful wounds.

Diabetic ulcers

Occur in the heel, foot, or toes of those with diabetes. Often the ulcer worsens because diabetes causes a loss of feeling in the feet or the tissue surrounding the ulcer.

Postsurgical wounds

Following a surgery, an infection can develop in the skin, causing a chronic wound that is slow to heal. This type of wound may also cause intense pain and a build-up of pus in the surgical site.

What services are available for chronic wound care?

Dr. Seman offers a variety of surgical and nonsurgical treatments for chronic wounds. In most cases, chronic wounds need daily cleaning and dressings need replacement. If your chronic wound is from a circulation problem, a compression bandage can keep consistent pressure on your wound and improve circulation.

In some cases, Dr. Seman may need to perform surgery at Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit to close the wound or perform a skin graft if the wound is too large to heal on its own. She uses a graft of skin from another area of your body to cover the wound and improve your chances of successful healing.

Learn more about available services for chronic wound care by calling the West Bloomfield Township office or using the online booking feature.