Wound Care for Hard-to-Heal Wounds
Treating chronic non-healing wounds takes special techniques. At Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, our wound care services program provides access to hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), a treatment modality that can help promote healing.
How HBOT Works
Hyperbaric wound care is a medical treatment in which you’re administered 100 percent oxygen at a controlled pressure (greater than sea level) for a prescribed amount of time (usually 60 to 90 minutes).
By increasing the oxygen delivered to your bloodstream through HBOT, more oxygen can reach bone and tissue that isn’t normally reached by red blood cells. HBOT can also work to increase the efficiency of white blood cells, creating a positive effect for the immune system and peripheral blood vessels, and increase formation of new capillaries. This can help increase blood flow to the body’s extremities and promote healing in chronic wounds.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used for:
- Compromised skin graphs and flaps
- Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia or arterial insufficiency
- Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
- Radiation necrosis, osteoradionecrosis or soft tissue radiation
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
- Progressive necrotizing infections
To learn more about open wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy services offered at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital or make an appointment, please call wound care services at (877) 274-0339.