If you’re suffering from a chronic wound, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s estimated that more than two million Americans struggle with wounds that fail to heal. Patients with poor blood circulation, diabetes or long-term immobilization are most vulnerable to chronic wound conditions. Other wounds that may require special attention can result from traumatic injury or surgical incisions.
We recognize that chronic wounds require special care and our program treats all types of wounds. Most wounds, sometimes called ulcers, are first treated with basic care. However, when standard conservative methods fail, the following may be adopted:
- Bioengineered skin cells – a graft that stimulates skin coverage
- Vacuum assisted closure (VAC) – a dressing used to increase blood flow to the wound, as well as decrease surface exposure to bacteria
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) – a therapy that helps the blood carry more oxygen to the wound and aid the healing process.
- Topical growth factors – substances that copy the blood’s own healing actions
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy delivers pressurized oxygen to the body in order to treat a wide variety of conditions. It is best known as a treatment for “the bends” or decompression sickness, which occurs when deep-sea divers surface too quickly.
In addition to “the bends,” HBO therapy may be combined with standard medical and surgical procedures to effectively treat many other illnesses and injuries.