Under the on-site medical direction of a board-certified physician and a team of specially trained nurses and therapists in wound care, we offer treatment plans individualized to the unique needs of each patient whose wounds have not healed through standard therapies.
The Wound + Hyperbaric Center is located in the Waterfall Plaza, Waterford, next to L+M's Signature Outpatient Rehabilitation site.
There is frequently an underlying health issue in patients with chronic, non-healing wounds, preventing the wound from healing in a natural fashion.
Some of the more common underlying medical conditions include: diabetes, vascular disease, and immobility.
Common Wound Management Indications:
- Diabetic Ulcers
- Vascular Ulcers
- Pressure Ulcers
- Post-surgical wounds
- Traumatic wounds
- Other chronic, non-healing wounds
Treatment of Hard-to-Heal Wounds
At the Wound + Hyperbaric Center, available treatment options include:
- Advanced Wound Dressings
- Compression wrapping
- Electrical stimulation (E-Stim) Therapy
- Negative-Pressure Therapy
- Bioengineered Tissue Application
- Debridement Therapy
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is breathing 100% oxygen while under roughly twice normal atmospheric pressure.
This procedure increases the amount of the dissolved oxygen that is available to the body's tissues. This enriched oxygen environment promotes the development of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) and promotes the growth of new tissue and skin within certain wounds. The procedure is performed in a hyperbaric chamber. The physical principles involved are similar to scuba diving. In fact, emergent hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been used for decades to treat decompression illness (the bends) in divers.
When used for wound healing, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used as part of a complete wound treatment plan.
Benefit of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to increase the formation of new blood vessels in damaged tissue, increase the proliferation of fibroblasts (cells that compromise the body's tissue) which produce collagen (a protein necessary for wound healing), increase growth factors necessary for the repair of damaged tissues, and increase antimicrobial activity.
Common Outpatient Hyperbaric Indications:
- Diabetic foot wounds
- Infections including chronic refractory osteomyelitis (bone infection)
- At-risk surgical grafts and flaps
- Crush injuries
- Injury to tissues from radiation therapy
- Severe anemias
- Acute peripheral vascular disease
Schedule an Appointment
If you have a wound that will not heal using standard treatments, please call the Wound + Hyperbaric Center of Lawrence + Memorial, 860.271.4949 for more information.