What is a Comprehensive Wound Healing Center?
The Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine provides care to those suffering from non-healing wounds in a way no other provider can – all in one location. The Center is a coordinated outpatient center that utilizes the latest techniques and procedures to provide the best chance of healing.
A wound that is not healing properly may be complicated by underlying conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems or previous radiation treatment. Sometimes, the simplest of wounds can turn into a significant problem because the body’s normal healing process is affected. Other types of hard-to-heal wounds result from pressure, trauma or infection. Non-healing wounds can have serious health consequences and may adversely affect your quality of life.
As a comprehensive wound healing center, we specialize in the treatment of all types of non-healing and difficult-to-heal wounds including:
- Venous ulcers
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Non-healing, surgical wounds
- Arterial/ischemic ulcers
- Late effects of radiation (i.e., radiation cystitis, proctitis or external wound)
- Traumatic wounds
- Infected wounds
- Crush injuries
- Compromised flaps or grafts
Our Multidisciplinary Wound Care Specialists
Our wound healing center is staffed with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, along with nurses and technicians with advanced training in wound care, who will customize the most effective treatment plan to stimulate healing. Comprised of general physicians, general and plastic surgeons, podiatrists, and vascular surgeons, our team is dedicated to providing the most advanced healing options to patients, allowing them to recover as quickly and completely as possible. As wound healing specialists, our clinicians have a proven track record of healing wounds – even those that have not responded to other treatments.
Wound Care Treatment Plans
Our approach to wound care is aggressive and comprehensive, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies and techniques that are proven to reduce healing time and improve healing rates. Since non-healing wounds rarely result from a single cause, we begin with a thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause of the wound. A treatment plan is then developed to give patients the best chance for healing. Most treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs and other private insurance. Depending on the type of wound, the treatment plan may include:
- Infection control
- Restoration of blood flow
- Debridement (removal of dead tissue)
- Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy
- Cellular and/or tissue-based products (skin substitutes)
- Compression therapy
What Can Our Wound Care Patients Expect?
Your course of treatment depends on what type of wound you have. During your first visit, our staff will evaluate your wound and review your medical history. You may also need special tests that give us information about circulation and infection. This will help to determine what course of treatment you will need.
Once a treatment plan has been prescribed, you will visit the wound healing center weekly for specialized treatments and documentation of your healing progress. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome. Some things you can do to assist with your healing:
- Care for your wound at home as directed by the wound care team
- Take medications as directed
- Return for your follow-up appointments
- Keep regular appointments with your primary care physician while you are receiving wound care treatment
Following your treatment is the single most important factor in your healing. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 860.533.2903 to learn more about our doctors or treatment plans. We are happy to clarify anything you feel uncertain about regarding the wound care treatment process. Although no referral is necessary, we recommend speaking to your physician about visiting the Center for Wound Healing if you are experiencing any of the following:
- You have a non-healing open area on your skin with increasing pain, redness, swelling or a change in color
- You have a wound that has not healed in 30 days. (common for patients with diabetes)
- You have a surgical wound that has become infected