Our Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center provides care for many different types of wounds using a physician-driven, interdisciplinary approach, including:
- Diabetic ulcers.
- Pressure ulcers.
- Arterial ulcers.
- Vascular insufficiencies.
- Delayed radiation tissue damage.
- Necrotizing infections.
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis.
- Surgical wounds.
- Neuropathic ulcers.
Our 4,400-square-foot facility provides easy access for patients in wheelchairs or stretchers. Our exam rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art electric exam chairs that allow wounds to be treated while patients are comfortably seated.
We welcome self-referrals, and physician referrals are not necessary unless required by your insurance company.
During your first appointment, you will have an opportunity to meet with our staff. We will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan.
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe, painless treatment used in the healing of wounds. During treatment, a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while in a clear pressurized chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy quickly delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream, assists in the healing process of wounds and is effective in fighting certain types of infections. It also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and improves circulation. We evaluate your progress daily, and the number of sessions you need varies by diagnosis.
What kinds of wounds are treated?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Select problematic wounds.
- Radiation tissue damage.
- Skin grafts and flaps.
- Diabetic wounds of the lower extremity.
What should I expect during my session?
When You Arrive: You will receive complete instructions regarding your therapy. Before starting, you will change into a garment provided by our Center. For safety reasons, no other clothing may be worn inside the hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber.
What to Expect During Your Sessions: Once you are comfortably positioned inside the chamber, the pressure will gradually be increased and the temperature will temporarily rise. You may experience fullness in your ears as a result of the increased pressure. Our technician will instruct you how to help clear the pressure and relieve any discomfort. Most therapy sessions in the chamber last approximately two hours. While undergoing therapy, you may watch television, listen to music, simply relax or even sleep.
How should I prepare for my visit?
For safety reasons, you may not have certain items inside the hyperbaric chamber.
Please do not wear or bring the following into the chamber during your sessions:
- Hairspray/hair oils.
- Nail polish.
- Alcohol or petroleum-based products.
- Cell phones/pagers.
- Metallic items (e.g., jewelry, titanium frame eyeglasses, keys, watches and coins, etc.).
- Flammable materials or heat-producing items (e.g., heating pad, lighters, cigarettes, etc.).
- Hearing aids.
- Food, gum or candy.
Ask your hyperbaric physician about wearing contact lenses during therapy.
Also, you should refrain from smoking or the use of any tobacco products over the entire course of treatment. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site because of its constricting effect on the blood vessels in your body.
Sick or Taking Medication?: You should inform the staff if you have a cold or cough, the flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Alert the staff to any medications you are taking or changes in medication during the course of your treatment.
If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to take your prescribed medication to control blood-sugar level. We will check your blood-sugar level before, during and after each visit to our facility.
Possible Side Effects: You may experience temporary vision changes that should return to normal a few weeks after your therapy is completed. Our physicians recommend that you do not change your eyewear prescription during the course of your sessions. Some patients experience fatigue during treatment. This is completely normal.
Other Important Information: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is usually administered on an outpatient basis. If you drive, you may drive yourself to treatment and should allow up to two and a half hours for each visit. Medicare and most healthcare plans reimburse for hyperbaric oxygen treatment for "currently accepted indications." Our staff will assist you with all your insurance issues.
Where is the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center located?
Our Cone Health Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center is located in the North Elam Medical Plaza, 509 N. Elam Avenue, Third Floor, Suite D, on the campus of Wesley Long Hospital. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call our Cone Health Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at (336) 832-0970.