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The Advanced Wound Center, located at South Strand Medical Center, is an outpatient program for the treatment of chronic non-healing wounds. For people who have chronic wounds, life can lose its enjoyment because of pain, fear and a reduced ability to move around.

Our team of wound care specialists will design a treatment plan to meet your individual needs and keep you involved in the treatment process. The Center features private treatment rooms and state-of-the-art hyperbaric technology.

What Type of Wounds Do We Treat?

Any wound that has not begun to heal in two weeks, or has not healed completely in six weeks, may benefit from our Advanced Wound Center. We treat wounds that result from a number of conditions, including:

  • Diabetic wounds
  • Pressure and vascular ulcers
  • Venous stasis ulcers
  • Non-healing surgical wounds
  • Infected wounds
  • Chronic wounds

Why Wound Care?

Studies have shown that wound care treatment has reduced amputation rates and length of hospital stays. Through advanced treatment options, our team will develop a plan of care specific to your needs. Advanced treatment options include:

  • Complete medical history and wound assessment
  • Compression and physical therapy
  • Patient and caregiver education
  • Wound protection and management
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT, delivers high concentrations of 100% oxygen (O2) into the bloodstream. Breathing O2 under pressure dissolves more oxygen in your body's blood which is then delivered to those areas that are having trouble healing due to the lack of O2 in the surrounding tissues. This type of therapy assists in the healing process of wounds and is effective in fighting certain types of infections. It also helps to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels, which can improve circulation and wound healing.

What Conditions Benefit From HBOT?

  • A person with diabetes and a wound that is slow to heal, or is not healing
  • Someone with damaged tissue from radiation therapy
  • Someone with a skin graft that has a questionable blood supply
  • Certain infections of the bone and/or skin
  • Anyone with a wound that has shown no improvement in 4 weeks