What Is Wound Care?
If you have a wound that just won't heal, we can help. We're able to heal most wounds using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and other advanced wound-healing treatments.
Our Wound and Hyperbaric Center offers the region's only Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy program, for patients where it's included as part of their treatment plan.
Healing Chronic Wounds more Quickly
If you are suffering from a non healing wound, you are not alone.
Every year chronic wounds, caused by diabetes, poor circulation and other conditions keep three to five million Americans from doing the things they love. Our experienced Wound and Hyperbaric Center team is dedicated to treating wounds, especially those that have resisted healing by traditional treatments.
The Center is designed to treat chronic, non-healing wounds as a result of:
- Venous insufficiency
- Arterial disease where blood flow to tissues is minimal
- Trauma to the skin and underlying tissues
- Pressure ulcers
- Surgical wounds
- Minor burns
- Any wound that is resistant to healing
Your Wound Care Program
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Oxygen is essential for life and healing. Your body needs oxygen to survive. When tissue is damaged, even more oxygen is needed for healing. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen in your blood, which helps your body fight infection and stimulates healing,.
During HBOT, the patient breathes pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber. The air pressure in the chamber is slowly and safely increased to up to three times the normal air pressure. This enables the lungs to gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at a normal air pressure.
After a series of treatments in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, patients often see improved healing of chronic wounds. HBOT can be used in combination with other wound treatments. It is most commonly used to treat:
- Diabetic foot wounds
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Chronic bone infections (osteomyelitis)
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Crush injuries and traumatic wounds
- Radiation tissue damage
Beyond treatment of chronic wounds, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is used to treat carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation.
Anne E. Missavage, MD, FACS, board certified in wound medicine and surgery, joined McLaren Central Michigan’s active medical staff as the Medical Director of the Wound & Hyperbaric Center.