For people with diabetes, venous insufficiency (a condition caused by poorly functioning veins) or pressure ulcers, a small sore can grow into a debilitating wound that is difficult to heal and could even pose the threat of amputation. If you are battling a wound that hasn't shown improvement after six weeks, the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth may be able to help. Physicians on the medical staff can often successfully treat wounds that have resisted healing for months and even years of traditional care.
Individualized Care and Education
Every patient at the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center receives a personalized wound management plan based on an initial assessment. Patients at the center receive care from trained nurses, therapists and physicians on the medical staff. The center offers advanced hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which can save limbs that might otherwise require amputation.
Beyond the wound healing treatment, patients at the center are provided individualized education to help them avoid future non-healing wounds. Patients learn:
- How to properly care for wounds at home
- Methods for reducing and possibly eliminating recurrence of wounds
- How to protect wounds and themselves from infection, enlarging and or future injuries
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is primarily used for treatment of poorly healing wounds. While lying in a large, submarine-like chamber, patients receive an infusion of 100 percent oxygen as it is circulated to the chamber at pressure levels two and three times greater than normal. The high pressure causes the lungs and body tissues to absorb the oxygen in a shorter amount of time, in greater amounts, and the oxygen boost to the wound promotes healing.
Because it promotes blood flow and increases oxygen circulation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy also has proven to be effective in treating decompression sickness from scuba diving injuries, carbon monoxide poisoning, chronic bone infections, complications arising from prior radiation treatments, traumatic wound injuries to bone, muscle or blood vessels, spider bites, peripheral vascular disease, gas gangrene infections, compromised skin grafts, reattachment of limbs and surgical incisions.
A physician referral is required. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours, physician and staff are available for emergency services at 817-250-2000.
For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355).