Wound Healing Center
Lake Regional Wound Healing Center works with your doctor to treat chronic, nonhealing wounds. Together, we design an aggressive treatment plan to fit your needs.
Lake Regional Wound Healing Center physicians and nurses receive continuous training on the latest wound management techniques, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy. We use state-of-the-art technology to track your treatment and healing progress.
Our team of professionals includes:
- Physicians with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
- Technicians who perform noninvasive studies and various therapies
- Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records and health insurance processing
Conditions We Treat
You may be a candidate for treatment if you have diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, peripheral arterial disease, venous leg ulcers, infections, late-effect radiation injuries, compromised skin grafts and flaps, or other wounds that haven't healed within 30 days. The center's hyperbaric oxygen chambers also can be used to treat patients withgangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning and brown recluse spider bites.
Treatment options include:
- Antibiotic therapy
- Bioengineered skin grafts and substitutes
- Compression therapy
- Debridement (the removal of dead, damaged or infected tissue)
- Hyperbaric oxygen treatments
- Negative pressure wound therapy
- Noninvasive vascular studies
- Patient and family education to minimize reoccurrences
- Specialty wound dressings
What to Expect
Although not required, your treatment usually begins with a referral from your primary care physician. At the Wound Healing Center, you undergo a thorough examination to identify the type of wound and the underlying problems causing your wound, like diabetes or arterial disease. We'll also review your overall health status and anything that might prevent you from complying with needed therapies.
Based on the evaluation, we'll develop a customized plan to treat your wound and track your progress at each visit. Patients usually receive specialized wound care on an outpatient basis. Please plan three hours for each visit.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Did you know oxygen is critical to wound healing? One reason people with diabetes struggle with hard-to-heal wounds is because diabetes causes poor blood circulation. Poor blood flow means not enough oxygen gets carried to the wound, and that leaves the tissue unable to fight bacteria and to generate the growth factors and stem cells that promote healing.
One way to get around this problem of poor circulation is to make sure what blood is getting to the wound is super rich in oxygen. That’s where hyperbaric oxygen therapy comes in.
During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a patient breathes in 100 percent oxygen in a special chamber where the air pressure is 1.5 to three times greater than normal. In these conditions, not only does oxygen saturate every red blood cell but it also dissolves in the plasma, bringing oxygen to tissue where even red blood cells cannot go.
A phone links the patient to nurses and staff, who are also visible to the patient, and the patient can watch television while inside the chamber.
Lake Regional Wound Healing Center offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy for patients with diabetic wounds, certain bone and skin infections, and other hard-to-heal wounds.