Wound Care and Hyperbarics
Healing therapies for chronic wounds
A wound or sore that won’t heal is more than a nuisance. It can affect
that way you function each day. And in some cases, a wound can be life
threatening because the longer it takes to heal, the greater the risk
of serious infection.
A chronic wound is one that does not respond to treatment or completely
heal after four weeks. Reasons why a wound won’t heal include infection,
poor blood circulation, having vascular disease or diabetes.
Wound care specialists at Suburban Community Hospital are specially trained
to treat chronic, non-healing wounds.
The Suburban team of wound care experts include podiatrists (foot doctors),
vascular surgeons (who treat diseases of the vascular system that can
prevent proper blood circulation), and nurses who specialize in wound care.
We work closely with you and your primary care physician to develop a personalized
treatment plan that include proven healing therapies, such as hyperbaric
oxygen therapy, and result in above average healing rates.
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) work?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) serves an important role in wound treatment.
HBOT uses specially designed chambers to increase the amount of oxygen
in the bloodstream, which then accelerates the body’s natural healing
process. This is used to treat problematic, non-healing wounds.
HBOT helps heal the wound from the inside out. It is also effective in
fighting certain types of infections, improving circulation, stimulating
growth of new blood vessels, and treating crush injuries, and diabetic
wounds of the lower extremities.
It acts as complementary therapy for patients with complex or non-healing
wounds or tissue damage caused by infection or prior radiation therapy.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps to:
· Stimulate new tissue growth and new blood vessel formation
· Decrease edema (fluid buildup in tissues)
· Fight infection
· Improve the effectiveness of antibiotics
We offer customized treatment plans designed to address the specific type
of wound you have as well as any factors or health conditions that may
impair wound healing. This starts with a review of your medical history
and assessment of your physical health that may affect healing. Your individualized
plan will include regular visits to the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric
Medicine Center where we will treat your wound and evaluate your progress.
Thorough our wound evaluation, we carefully examining your wound, and our
wound specialists will investigate the cause or causes of the wound as
well as any health factors that may be hindering wound healing. Specialized
testing also may be done, for example to check the quality of your blood flow.
Education about healing and preventing wounds is key to our process. During
your treatment, you and your family members or caregivers will be taught
how to care for your wound at home and about lifestyle changes that can
help improve healing. You will also learn how to prevent wounds from recurring.
To schedule an appointment with a Suburban Community Hospitals Center for
Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Center,call (610) 278-2845 Monday- Friday during dtandard business hours.
Successfully treating a chronic wound often requires the efforts of several
medical specialists. So, your participation in the healing process is
extremely important and much of the success of your treatment relies on
your commitment. Keeping your appointments, following directions and close
monitoring between visits will help assure successful wound healing. The
expert staff will educate you about the steps you will need to take to
meet your healing expectations.