About five million Americans suffer from chronic wounds. Often, these wounds won’t heal for various reasons, such as circulatory problems, diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease, age, diet and smoking. Without proper, timely and effective treatment, these wounds may become infected or in some cases even require amputation.
No one has to live with these wounds anymore.
For hard to heal wounds, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is a key part of the wound healing process. HBO is often used after many months or years of using conventional methods of wound healing. It is a painless, noninvasive and soundless treatment: 100 percent pure oxygen delivered to you under pressure. The pressure is equivalent to diving down up to three atmospheric pressures or about 100 feet underwater. Treatment is delivered while you are lying down and the dome of the chamber is a clear acrylic so that you can watch TV or communicate with the nurse who is always sitting next to you during treatment.
The Wound Healing Center at Vanguard Weiss Memorial Hospital offers an advanced healing program that includes state-of-the-art treatment for non-healing and chronic wounds. We can help with wounds such as:
- Diabetic ulcers
- Leg ulcers
- Pressure ulcers (or bed sores)
- Skin tears or lacerations
- Burn wounds
- Traumatic wounds
- Wounds associated with radiation treatment
- Post-operation wounds and infections
- Wounds associated with skin grafts
- Bone infections
Specialists working for you
Our Wound Healing Center is staffed with a specially trained team of doctors, nurses and therapists all dedicated to healing chronic wounds. Wounds can be complex and each requires an individualized course of treatment to promote healing. We offer the expertise and technology to support the needs of our patients. And our results are excellent, with most chronic wounds improved within weeks.
Our team will work closely with your primary care physician. Your treatment plan will be developed by one of our staff physicians specializing in wound care, and a nurse case manager will be your primary contact. Medicare/Medicaid, most HMOs and other private insurance companies cover most treatments.
How to start healing
- Generally the physician presently treating your wound will refer you to our center. You can also make your appointment directly.
- When you call for your first appointment, we’ll ask you a few questions about your wound and health in general.
- Before beginning treatment, our team of doctors, nurses and therapists will thoroughly evaluate your wound and review your health and medical history in order to determine how to best treat you.
- Tests might be conducted to tell us more about your blood flow and skin condition as well as to determine if infection is present.
- Together with your physician, we’ll develop a treatment program based on our assessment of your special needs. Your program likely will involve regular visits to the center. Your progress will be meticulously documented, monitored and adjusted as necessary.
- We are in constant communication with your doctor throughout your wound care. Once your wound is healed, you’ll return to your doctor for follow-up care. And of course, you’ll continue with your personal doctor for any related health conditions like diabetes or hypertension.
Your role in healing
Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. We’ll count on you to follow instructions carefully and watch your progress closely. You’ll learn how to care for your wound at home, such as how to change dressings and how to protect yourself from further injuries. We’re always here to answer questions and to give the support you need to continue to heal.
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
- Insurance cards and a photo ID
- Medical records, including X-rays, if you have them