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Wound Healing

If you have a wound that has not healed, consider seeking help from the NCH Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center.

The methods employed by the centers have established an impressive record of healing wounds that others thought hopeless, including many that might have required amputation. Carefully researched methods allow patients to receive state-of-the-art treatment of wounds that have resisted healing despite months, or even years of conventional treatment.

About five million Americans suffer from chronic wounds that will not heal. Often, these wounds will not heal due to a variety of factors such as age, diet, circulatory problems, diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease and smoking.

These wounds can become infected and if not treated in a timely and effective manner, can require amputation in extreme cases.

The wound healing and hyperbaric center offers a comprehensive program that includes education to help you heal. This includes compression, off-loading, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy and skin substitute modalities.

Specialized Treatment

  • Wound debridement: an outpatient procedure that enhances the growth of healthy tissue in the wound.
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO2T): in this treatment, the patient breathes 100% oxygen at increased atmospheric pressures. This increases the oxygen levels in body tissues for the promotion of healing and the fighting of infection.
  • Skin substitute: different products available to further promote healing for challenging wounds.
  • Wound dressings: each wound care product is chosen based on the needs of the patient. The proper dressing promotes the correct environment the body requires to heal.

NCH Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center

We can help with wounds such as:

  • Any wound which has failed to show signs of healing for more than 30 days
  • Any wound which has not responded to previous treatments or therapies
  • Post-operative infections
  • Slow or non-healing surgical wounds
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Lower leg ulcers
  • Chronic bone infection (osteomyelitis)
  • Gangrene
  • Crush injuries, compartment syndrome and other traumatic ischemias
  • Skin tears or lacerations
  • Radiation and other burns
  • Failing or compromised skin/muscle grafts or flaps
  • Insect or dog bites
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Lymphedema
  • Pressure ulcer

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Breathing 100% oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure is a painless, proven way to help the body heal. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers work by surrounding the patient with 100% oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure in sessions that are approximately 2-2.5 hours. This increases the amount of oxygen in the patient’s blood thus increasing the amount of oxygen in the tissues to heal the wounds from the inside out.

What to Bring to Your First Appointment:

  • A list of any medications you are currently taking as well as any known allergies
  • Medical records, including x-rays if you have them
  • Insurance forms or cards
  • Please download and complete the patient history form before your visit for faster service

How to Start Healing​

  1. Generally, the physician presently treating your wound will refer you to our center, or you can make your appointment directly.
  2. When you call for your first appointment, we will ask you a few questions about your wound and health in general. Before beginning treatment, our team of doctors and nurses will thoroughly evaluate your wound and review your health and medical history.
  3. Tests might be conducted to tell us more about your blood flow and tissue oxygenation as well as to determine if there is any infection present.
  4. Together with your physician, we will develop an individualized treatment program based on our assessment of your wound(s).
  5. We are in communication with your doctor as needed throughout your care. Once your wound is healed, you will return to your doctor for follow-up care. And of course, you will continue with your personal doctor for any related ailments like diabetes and hypertension.