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Wound Care

McLaren’s wound care experts are specially trained in how to treat chronic, non-healing wounds as a result of illness or trauma. Specialized therapy, specialty dressings, diet and nutrition, off-loading, usage of a wound vacuum, and negative pressure closure assistance are just some of the adjunctive advancements used to induce healing.

A wound is an injury involving a break in the skin. Wounds that do not heal over a prolonged period of time (generally 30 days) can become chronic non-healing wounds. Chronic wounds can cause severe pain and discomfort, limit mobility, and further health complications including creating a higher risk of infection. Conditions considered chronic which may require aggressive medical treatment include:

  • Pressure sores (also known as decubitus ulcers or bed sores) resulting from prolonged bed rest or immobility
  • Diabetic foot ulcers associated with decreased circulation and nerve damage
  • Edema or swelling which can cause a wound or impede healing
  • Wounds caused by scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, or other autoimmune disorders
  • Minor burns which are often painful and frightening
  • Trauma from injuries at home or at work
  • Non-healing surgical incisions that may require the use of a wound vacuum
  • Painful open skin infections accompanied by drainage, odor or changes in color

Specialized Treatment of Chronic Wounds

If you have a wound that hasn't improved in a month or more, you may benefit from the services of the McLaren's Wound Treatment Center.  A longtime leader in wound care centers for over 20 years, the McLaren's Wound Treatment Center offers specialized treatment for patients suffering from hard to heal wounds.  Our highly skilled medical team is comprised of caring professionals working together to provide comprehensive, individualized wound care management and treatment. These include an inter-disciplinary staff of wound physicians encompassing the specialties of vascular surgery, general surgery, infectious disease, a plastic surgery, dermatology, and podiatry; many are certified in wound care. Our team of physicians, wound care nurses, nurse case managers, LPN's, medical assistants, and technicians are extensively trained in advanced wound care techniques - with patient healing the top priority. 

The individual needs and goals of each patient are considered in determining the course of treatment. Our focus of care embodies: 

  • Outpatient -- utilizing proven scientific treatment methods to promote rapid healing while preventing prolonged or permanent disability
  • Inpatient -- preventing wounds from occurring, and reducing the length of stay for patients admitted to the hospital

Wound Care: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Like?

Prior to the start of each treatment, the patient's vital signs are taken and ears are checked. For diabetics, blood sugar levels are taken. There are three phases to the treatment: pressurization, treatment time and depressurization. During treatment, patients will experience pressure in their ears, much like the feeling of ascent and descent in an airplane.

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

HBOT is a non-invasive medical treatment in which a patient receives 100% oxygen while in a pressurized chamber.

What Type of Chamber is Used?

Our Sechrist hyperbaric chambers are the areas largest and can accommodate patients up to 700 lbs. Sechrist Industries is world-renowned for its state-of-the-art chambers and has a reputation for quality, safety and dependability.

CelluTome™ Epidermal Harvesting System

The CelluTome™ epidermal harvesting system is a skin graft process that uses heat and vacuum pressure to help chronic wounds heal. Tiny pieces of healthy tissue, called epidermal microdomes, are removed (or harvested) from the patient’s own body and then transferred to the wound site. The procedure can be performed in an outpatient setting with minimal pain.

“CelluTome gives us an automated, precise and minimally invasive way to gather tissue from one part of the patient’s body and quickly graft it to a chronic wound on another part of the body,” Dr. Benitez said. “And since there is minimal pain, we don’t need to use anesthesia. The procedure usually takes less than one hour.”

Here’s how it works:

  • The CelluTome™ Harvester is placed over the donor site. A combination of gentle warmth and negative pressure are used to gather the epidermal microdomes.
  • The microdomes are secured on a special film.
  • The physician immediately transfers the film – with the microdomes attached – directly to the wound.

New skin cells generally begin to grow quickly, helping the wound to heal. The donor site generally heals in 2 to 3 weeks.

How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?

The pressure increases the amount of oxygen at the cellular level, aiding the body's natural healing process. It also allows the oxygen to reach bone and tissue, increasing white blood cell formation and promoting the creation of new peripheral and capillary vessels.

What is the Length of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treatment?

The length of treatment depends on the diagnosis being treated, as well as the patient's overall health. Treatment can range from 90 to 120 minutes.

What Side Effects Might One Experience with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Most patients experience no after effects from HBOT. However, the most common side effects may include ear or sinus squeeze and temporary visual changes.

Does Insurance Cover Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treatment?

Most health insurers and Medicare recognize HBOT as being medically necessary and will usually cover conventional conditions. Call (989) 956-3118 for information and assistance with coverage and reimbursement questions.

Insurance Coverage

Many insurance plans, including Medicare, cover treatments offered at our Wound Care Center. Your coverage depends on your specific plan. Be sure to bring your insurance care with you when you visit our center.

Our Wound Care Program

Your First Wound Care Visit

When you come in for your initial visit, our staff will evaluate your wound and general health. They will also review your medical history and may take a blood test. You may also need special tests that give us information about blood flow and oxygen flow in the wound area. 

Your Treatment Plan

We will put together a treatment program based on your special needs. This program will include regular visits to the clinic to provide treatment, evaluate progress and make any changes that might be needed. You (or your caregiver) will be given detailed instructions in home care, dressing (bandage) changes and protecting the wound from further injury. 

You Are A Vital Part of The Wound Treatment Program

Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. Follow your treatment plan directions carefully and watch your progress closely between visits. Anytime you or your family members have questions, our staff is available. In fact, we encourage you to ask questions. Our experienced staff is specially trained in all types of wound care, and we are committed to providing extensive patient education in managing the care of wounds and preventing wounds recurrence. 

How The McLaren Wound Care Clinic Works with Your Physician

The McLaren Wound Care Clinic works closely with physicians who refer their patients to the clinic for care. We will discuss your treatment program with your primary care physician and keep him or her updated on your progress unless instructed otherwise. Remember, you'll need to keep seeing your primary care physician for routine medical care.