Complete wound care in Sarasota, Florida

For most people, wound healing is a natural, uneventful process. For others, it can be a complex problem requiring specialized medical treatment. If you suffer from a hard-to-heal wound, the wound center at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is here to help. Our team provides patients throughout Lakewood Ranch and Venice with expert wound care.

To learn more about our wound care center, call Doctors Hospital of Sarasota at (941) 342-1100.

When to seek wound care treatment

Our wound center includes skilled physicians and wound care specialists. They use advanced treatments and technology to heal acute and chronic wounds. Seek treatment if you have:

  • A wound that hasn't healed in 30 days (commonly experienced by people with diabetes)
  • Swelling or recurrent blisters of the lower legs
  • A sore with increasing pain, redness or swelling, foul odor or a change in color
  • A wound that drains, gets bigger, has blisters or has black or brown dead tissue

Types of wounds we treat

Our wound care team is able to diagnose and treat all chronic, non-healing wounds. Some of the ones we most commonly treat are:

  • Diabetic and neuropathic ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers (bedsores)
  • Ischemic ulcers (occurs when there is poor blood flow to the legs)
  • Venous insufficiency (condition in which veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart)
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Surgical wounds
  • Vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels)
  • Burns

Wound care treatments and therapies

Our team of dedicated wound care specialists offer education, therapy and treatments, including:

  • Cellular and tissue-based products
  • Compression therapy
  • Debridement (removal of dead, damaged or infected tissue)
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Non-invasive vascular studies
  • Patient and family education
  • Pressure off-loading devices and footwear
  • Specialty wound dressings
  • Treatment of wound infections
  • Wound consultation/evaluation (diagnostic and ongoing assessments) and treatment

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a treatment in which the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen in a controlled, pressurized environment. With the exception of emergencies, HBOT is used as a part of a comprehensive wound treatment plan, Other elements in this plan typically include special dressings, antibiotics, debridement and other therapies.

Benefits of HBOT

Our dedicated wound specialists evaluate your wound to determine the most effective treatment for you. HBOT offers many benefits, including:

  • Improved circulation to affected areas—which helps fight infection
  • Promoted growth of blood vessels and tissue
  • Enhanced wound healing

Conditions that benefit from HBOT

HBOT can be beneficial for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Carbon monoxide and cyanide poisoning
  • Chronic osteomyelitis (rare bone inflammation that spreads to nearby tissue)
  • Compromised flaps or grafts
  • Crush injuries and other acute traumatic ischemia (inadequate supply of blood to organs and body tissues)
  • Decompression sickness (pressure-related condition involving nitrogen in the blood)
  • Delayed radiation injury (soft tissue and bone necrosis)
  • Diabetic ulcers of lower extremities
  • Gangrene (severe bacterial infection affecting tissue)
  • Necrotizing (skin deteriorating) infections