Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine

Nearly five million Americans suffer from chronic wounds, often as a result of diabetes, immobilization or circulatory problems. If you have a wound that won’t heal, it can quickly escalate from being hard to make it through the day, to becoming significantly more serious. Get healed and get on with your life at our Wound Care Centers, where some of the latest treatments can speed your healing process.

Comprehensive care includes the assessment of systemic and localized factors affecting wound healing. A multidisciplinary approach ensures individualized patient care in order to optimize a positive outcome. Our team includes general, vascular and plastic surgeons, podiatrists, certified wound care specialists, nurses, hyperbaric nurses, and physicians who are trained in hyperbaric medicine.

Wound Management Includes:

  • Modern wound care technology
  • Adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Coordination of care
  • Lower extremity edema control
  • Off-loading
  • Support services
  • Discharge planning

Successful management of patients with wound healing challenges can exceed the ability of the individual physician’s office. This is due to the complexity and time consuming nature of care, resources and the specialized tertiary wound care technology necessary to achieve optimum results.

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Types of Resistant Wounds Treated Include:

  • Diabetic Foot Ulcers
  • Lower Leg Ulcers
  • Bone Infections
  • Gangrene
  • Skin Tears and Lacerations
  • Radiation Burns
  • Post-Operative Infections
  • Slow- or Non-Healing Surgical Wounds
  • Failing Skin and Muscle Grafts
  • Immunosuppressive Disorder Wounds

Hyperbaric Medicine

Most wounds do not require Hyperbaric Medicine to heal. Unfortunately, there are patients with systemic diseases that will not heal under normal situations and can benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). 

Hyperbaric Medicine is a specialized treatment for a variety of conditions, including adjunctive wound treatment. While in a pressurized hyperbaric chamber, patients breathe 100% oxygen for session times determined by the physician, depending on the patient’s condition. The purpose is to increase oxygenation at the tissue level. The initial consultation of the HBOT candidate is with one of our HBOT physicians. The medical history and examination identifies any potential tests or information that may be required. Prior to any clinic visit, laboratory or radiology reports from the primary physician are appreciated.

Hyperbaric chambers are available at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus, Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, Abrazo Scottsdale Campus and Abrazo West Campus.

The following tests are required prior to starting HBOT: 

  • Chest x-ray
  • 12 lead EKG, >40 yrs., cardiac history
  • Digoxin and antiseizure medication levels
  • Echocardiogram, if history of CHF

Patients are usually treated for a number of sessions determined on a case by case basis depending on the patient’s condition, Monday through Friday, and re-evaluated weekly.

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