What to bring to your first appointment:
A list of any medications you’re currently taking as well as any allergies you’re aware of
1. Medical records including x-rays if you have them
2. Insurance forms or cards
Your role in healing
Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. We’ll count on you to follow directions carefully and watch your progress closely. You’ll learn about caring for your wound at home including how to change dressings and how to protect yourself from further injuries. We’re always here to answer questions and give you the support you need to heal.
Proven success in a caring supportive environment
Our results are impressive, with most chronic wounds improved within weeks.
New wound healing options available here
At the Wound Treatment Center, you’ll receive the right treatment to heal your wound. Your wound care physician may prescribe some of these therapies:
· Debridement (removal of dead or damaged tissue)
· Specially chosen dressings and wraps
· Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
· Bio-engineered tissue substitutes
· Platelet growth technologies
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Breathing 100 percent oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure is a painless, proven way to help the body heal. Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) chambers work by surrounding the patient with 100 percent oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure in sessions, or dives, that last 90 minutes to two hours. This increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood allowing red blood cells to pass more easily through the plasma into the wounds to heal them from the inside out.
Introduced in the mid-'60s, HBO chambers have evolved to treat patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven't healed within 30 days.
Weighing more than one ton each, the HBO chambers resemble a reclining bed encased in a clear acrylic shell nearly a yard in diameter. Patients can listen to music or watch movies on televisions and VCR/DVD players mounted above the chamber while remaining in constant contact with those outside the chamber through an intercom and private handset. The only physical sensation resulting from the treatment is a slight pressure on the eardrum, such as that felt when a plane lands, as the air in the chamber is compressed.