Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is a non-healing wound?

Non-healing wounds are those that have not healed in three to four weeks. There are many conditions that may limit wound healing such as infection, age, poor circulation, diabetes, obesity, certain medications, alcoholism, smoking or poor nutrition.

What is a debridement?

Debridement is the removal of dead tissue that prevents the wound from healing.  Such removal encourages new, healthy tissue to grow.

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

In hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you relax in a transparent, cylindrical chamber while you are treated with 100 percent oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure. This increase in oxygen helps your body kill germs and stimulates the healing process. It is often used to effectively treat:

  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Compromised skin grafts
  • Cyanide or carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Bone infections

Undergoing HBOT therapy is called “diving” because it was first known as a treatment for decompression sickness or “the bends” for divers. In HBOT therapy for wounds, you “dive” every day for about two hours during the course of eight to 10 weeks.

What type of wounds can benefit from HBOT?

There are a number of different diagnoses and wounds that can be treated effectively with hyperbaric oxygen therapy:

  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Chronic refractory osteomyletis
  • Diabetic ulcers of the lower extremities
  •  Wagner III
  • Wagner IV
  • Wagner V
  • Radiation cystits
  • Radiation proctitis
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Preparation and preservation of compromised graft
  • Effects of radiation (soft tissue radionecrosis)
  • Acute carbon monoxide intoxication
  • Crush injuries
  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Decompression illness
  • Gas embolism
  • Gas gangrene
  • Progressive Necrotizing Infections

What can I do to help my wound heal more quickly?

  • Keep your weekly appointments
  • Control your swelling with compression bandages and elevation
  • Control blood sugars, monitor your blood glucose levels and, if you have a prescribed diet or medication, follow the advice of your physician and dietician
  • Keep pressure off your wound by using appropriate padding or prescribed equipment such as special shoes or a roll-about (like a walker, but with a leg rest)
  • Change dressings as prescribed by your doctor
  • Use HBOT therapy when prescribed to increase oxygen and encourage healing

How will you work with my doctor?

We are another part of your healthcare team. You will continue to see your primary care physician for your routine care, while you visit us for wound treatment. We keep your physician informed of your progress and treatment plans.            

Will you be able to heal my wound?

Recent data from 2012 shows that our Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine has a heal rate of 96 percent if you follow our treatment regimen.

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