What It Is
Helping Heal Wounds That Won't Heal Themselves
Individuals who have lived with chronic or non-healing wounds may feel there is no hope for recovery. Gottlieb's Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center offers hope for chronic wounds that fail to show healing within two to four weeks.
Our expert healthcare specialists provide a treatment plan designed specifically for each patient’s needs.
Who is a candidate?
The Wound Healing Center offers hope for individuals with chronic or non-healing wounds of many different types including:
- Arterial insufficiency/ischemia
- Venous insufficiency
- Connective tissue disorders
Common Chronic Non-healing Wounds
A pressure ulcer is an area of tissue that is damaged when soft tissue is pressed between a bony area and another surface for a long time. Pressure ulcers happen most commonly over a bony area such as the tailbone, buttock, hip or heel in people who can’t move around because of illness or injury. The amount of pressure placed on the area, how long it is pressed and the person’s overall health all have an effect on the amount of skin damage. Once the injury has occurred, it can take weeks or months to heal.
Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Diabetes mellitus affects many body systems including the nerves, blood vessels, muscles and immune system. These factors can make the diabetic person more likely to get a foot infection and a wound. Prevention of foot wounds is important because once a wound develops, it can be difficult to heal.
Venous Leg Wounds
The most common disease that can cause ulcers on the lower parts of the legs is venous disease. Venous ulcers are caused by vein damage. Blood collects in the legs, causing swelling and weeping wounds. The skin on the legs can become discolored and look stained brown. Wounds on the lower parts of the legs may also be caused by arterial disease, which makes wound healing difficult because of the reduced blood flow to the wound site.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Sometimes a patient's wound will not respond to general wound care treatment alone. For those patients, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is an effective technology that supplements conventional treatment methods used by physicians. During the treatments, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen in the bloodstream, where it is delivered to a patient's wound site for faster healing. Essentially, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy helps heal the wound from the inside out. This therapy can help reduce swelling, fight infection and build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue. It is also effective in fighting certain types of infections, improving circulation and in stimulating growth of new blood vessels.
Some types of wounds that benefit from Hyperbaric Therapy include:
- Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
- Wounds that have not healed in several weeks
- Post-radiation tissue injury
- Diabetes-related foot and ankle ulcers
- Crash injuries
- Venous stasis or arterial insufficiency ulcers
- Wounds caused by poor circulation or trauma
- Compromised grafts and flaps
- Pressure ulcers
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Carbon-monoxide poisoning
For more information about the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center or to make an appointment, call 708-538-5373.