For most people, wound healing is a natural, uneventful process. For others, it can be a complex medical problem requiring specialized medical treatment. If you suffer from a hard-to-heal wound, we may be able to help.
The causes of wounds are complex and our experienced staff of physicians and nurses represent expertise in all of the major areas necessary to handle your varied circumstances and challenges. If you have a sore or wound that has not improved significantly in 4 weeks, or healed entirely in 8 weeks, you should call The Wound Center at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. We specialize in healing chronic wounds.
When to Seek Treatment:
- You have a wound that hasn't healed in 30 days — commonly experienced by people with diabetes.
- You have swelling/recurrent blisters of the lower legs.
- You have a sore with increasing pain, redness or swelling, foul odor or a change in color.
- The wound is draining, getting bigger, has blisters or has black or brown dead tissue.
Indications for Wound Care:
- Diabetic ulcers.
- Neuropathic ulcers.
- Pressure ulcers.
- Ischemic ulcers.
- Venous insufficiency.
- Traumatic wounds.
- Surgical wounds.
- Other chronic, non-healing wounds.
- Wound consultation/evaluation (diagnostic and ongoing assessments) and treatment.
- Non-invasive vascular studies.
- Specialty wound dressings.
- Cellular and tissue-based products.
- Compression therapy.
- Treatment of wound infections.
- Patient and family education.
- Pressure off-loading devices and footwear.
- Negative pressure wound therapy.
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is recognized as an important addition to a proper wound care regimen in patients with advanced diabetic lower extremity ulcers and other conditions including tissues adversely affected by radiation therapy. HBOT has proven effective in encouraging the new capillary growth needed to increase the delivery of oxygen that fosters healing of damaged tissues.
In HBOT, 100-percent oxygen is administered at a controlled pressure (greater than sea level) for a prescribed amount of time — usually 90 minutes. This enables oxygen to reach bone and tissue that is normally inaccessible to red blood cells.
Local wound care, debridement, bio-engineered dressings, off-loading, surgical revascularization, antibacterial treatment, proper footwear, good diabetic control and adequate cardiovascular and renal health all contribute to wound healing success. HBOT's unique physiology adds a valuable tool to this complex treatment regimen.
To refer a patient, please call 941-342-8060.
Patients may self-refer, be referred by a physician, or other health care professional. Patients in home health, skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes can also receive outpatient wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).