If you have a wound that hasn’t started to heal in two weeks, or isn’t completely healed in six weeks, you may be a candidate for specialized wound care treatment.
Fortunately, you have convenient local access to leading-edge wound therapy at the Center for Advanced Wound Care at Emerson Hospital. Our specialized team provides expert treatment using the latest scientific advances
, delivered with a healthy dose of compassion — the best-possible approach to healing.
The types of wounds we see
Our team of wound care specialists has the expertise to treat a wide range of difficult-to-heal wounds, including:
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Venous and arterial/ischemic ulcers (wounds caused by poor circulation)
- Pressure ulcers (bed sores)
- Traumatic wounds
- Non-healing surgical wounds
- Post-radiation injury to tissue or bone
- Infected wounds
- Crush injuries
- Compromised flaps or grafts
The wound care services we provide
At Emerson’s Center for Advanced Wound Care, our approach is aggressive, comprehensive and tailored to your unique needs. We combine traditional and advanced therapies and techniques proven to help you heal faster.
Non-healing wounds rarely result from a single cause, so we start with a thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine the underlying cause of each wound. Then we develop a personalized treatment plan to give you the best chance for healing. This treatment plan may include:
- Infection control
- Restoration of blood flow
- Debridement (removal of dead tissue)
- Offloading (using a removable foot cast to reduce pressure on a diabetic foot ulcer)
- Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy
- Skin substitutes/bioengineered tissue grafts
- Compression therapy
- Foot reconstruction
- Skin grafts or flaps
- Physical therapy
- Pain management
- Nutritional counseling
- Diabetes education
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Hyperbaric (high pressure) oxygen therapy is a treatment in which you breathe 100 percent pure oxygen while lying inside a pressurized chamber made of clear acrylic. The air pressure inside the chamber is about 2.5 times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere.
This high-pressure dose of oxygen helps your blood carry more oxygen to your organs and tissues to promote wound healing. It also activates your white blood cells to fight infection.
Patients typically receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy 5 days a week for 4 to 6 weeks. One treatment takes about two hours, and most patients find it comfortable and relaxing.
Your multidisciplinary wound care team
As wound healing specialists, our clinicians have a consistent track record of healing wounds — even those that haven’t responded to other treatments. The Emerson Advanced Wound Care Center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team that includes general physicians, vascular and plastic surgeons, podiatrists, infectious disease physicians, nurses and technicians.
What to expect at the Center for Advanced Wound Care
When you arrive, you’ll meet with a clinical staff member for a consultation. This includes a physical examination and medical history evaluation. This diagnostic assessment helps us identify the type of wound you have and its underlying causes.
After the diagnostic exam, our team will work with you to establish a personalized treatment plan, and will provide progress reports to your primary care doctor.
Most wound care treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid, HMOs and other private insurance.