Some wounds seem immune to healing. That's where McLaren Greater Lansing Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center comes in with diagnostic and treatment plans individually tailored to each patient. 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
- Any wound that is resistant to healing
Patients are usually referred to the McLaren Greater Lansing Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center by their physician. Our physicians specialize in aggressive wound management. A multidisciplinary physician team along with certified wound care nurses and hyperbaric nurses and technicians, work together for accelerated treatment in an outpatient setting. Once a patient's wound is completely healed, their family physician receives a report on the patient's treatment program and recommended ongoing therapies. Some patients can self-refer, based on insurance. Patients are seen weekly until the wound is healed. McLaren Greater Lansing offers the a hyperbaric oxygen treatment facility to aide healing in selected problem wounds.
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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.