Experienced Wound Care Specialists
The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine works with your physician to provide advanced treatment for problem wounds.
Our team of professionals includes:
- Physicians with advanced training in wound management
- Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
- Technicians who perform noninvasive studies and therapies
- Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records and insurance processing
Wounds We Treat
Ulcers are common types of chronic, non-healing wounds. Patients with impaired sensation, prolonged periods of immobility, or advanced age often suffer from ulcers.
At Saint Louise Wound Care Center, we treat the following types of ulcers:
- Diabetic ulcers: If you have diabetes, you may be prone to foot ulcers since you may not have protective sensation on your feet. Causes of foot ulcers include excessive pressure or rubbing against the skin that may result from wearing ill-fitting shoes or walking barefoot.
- Pressure ulcers: Bedridden patients, paraplegics and quadriplegics are at increased risk of developing pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers are most common over the buttocks, hips, spine, shoulder, ankles and heels.
- Traumatic ulcers: Trauma or injury to the body may result in a loss of tissue layers and damage to or loss of body parts or organs. Trauma may also compromise the arterial, venous or lymphatic systems of the body.
- Ulcers due to arterial insufficiency: Complete or partial arterial blockage can lead to ulcers. If you have arterial disease, you may have tests to measure blood flow or to locate a blockage in your arteries.
- Venous ulcers: These ulcers are usually a symptom of venous disease, where the veins in your legs are compromised, causing blood to build up. Typical venous ulcers appear near the ankle and are often painful.
You should go to a trauma or burn center first to get evaluation for:
- Facial burns
- Wounds or burns threatening the function of limbs, hands or feet
Advanced Wound Treatments
Our center provides expert treatment based on the latest scientific and technological advances in wound care.
Treatments available at the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine include:
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which uses pure oxygen to stimulate healing
- Sophisticated dressings such as negative pressure wound therapy (vacuum dressing)
- Bioengineered tissues and growth factors designed to help your body heal itself
- Debridement to remove dead tissue and wound cultures to test for infection
- Measurement of blood flow and glucose levels to ensure the right conditions for healing
- Compression therapy to decrease swelling
- Creative off-loading techniques such as using a special pillow or bed to reduce pressure on the wound
What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment?
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is an outpatient treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. This innovative treatment delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream to promote healing and fight infection. It also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and improves circulation.
Our wound care specialists design personalized hyperbaric oxygen treatment plans based on your diagnosis.
We use hyperbaric oxygen treatment for a variety of conditions, such as:
- Crush injuries and acute traumatic injuries
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
- Radiation tissue damage
- Skin grafts and flaps
- Diabetic wounds to legs and feet