After an initial evaluation, each patient receives a comprehensive, individualized plan to help heal these complicated wounds. We are committed to providing care with dignity and respect. And we focus on the whole person by considering your physical, spiritual and emotional needs, because we know these are integral parts of the healing process. Our staff will coordinate your care with your primary care physician and specialty care providers to ensure your overall wellbeing.
Originally developed to help deep-sea divers overcome decompression sickness, also called “the bends,” hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used today to accelerate the healing of wounds that are slow to close on their own. HBO2 therapy is also used to help fight certain types of infections and to treat conditions ranging from cyanide or carbon monoxide poisoning to radiation injuries.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a specialized treatment that allows you to breathe pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. High concentrations of oxygen are delivered to the bloodstream, ranging from 10 to 20 times the normal amount. This pure oxygen can penetrate areas that oxygen-carrying red blood cells cannot reach. As a result, it helps revitalize tissues that receive poor blood flow and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels. Increased oxygen also enables more infection-fighting white blood cells to reach affected areas. Most patients require treatment over the course of several weeks to effectively treat wounds.
Hyperbaric therapy is painless and most patients watch TV or sleep during their treatments.
Vision & Eye Care
Systemic illness that impairs wound healing may often affect the eyes and visual function. As one of the body’s most complex and delicate organs, the eye requires special evaluation and treatment when damaged. The Southwest Center for Wound Care is proud to partner with several ophthalmologists in managing patients with such systemic illness and secondary eye problems.