The Wound & Hyperbaric Healing Center, managed by Healogics, Inc., provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds. Non-healing wounds have a variety of causes, such as inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility. This can cause a lower quality of life and when they persist, a specialized approach is required for healing.
That's where our Healing Center can help. With state-of-the-art treatments available including debridement, dressing selection, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, total contact casting, cellular tissue grafts, and education, patients now have a place to turn. The Wound Center utilizes a team approach, incorporating infectious-disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, diabetes education, and other departments to address total patient health.
What to Expect
The initial appointment consists of a full assessment to determine the cause of the wound, the overall health status of the patient, and development of a plan of care. We will also work together to review insurance coverage and copayments.
A customized treatment plan will be developed, tailored to each patients’ needs. In most cases, additional diagnostic testing will be required, which can include:
- Laboratory evaluation
- Imaging (including MRI)
- Vascular studies (including ultrasound)
Patients can expect their first visit to take up to 75 minutes, with subsequent visits normally lasting 30-40 minutes. Visits will be on a weekly basis and most wounds generally take about 12 weeks to heal. You will receive written instructions on how to do your own wound care at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury.
The most important part of the healing process is you.
It is critical to keep your appointments and follow directions to attain a positive outcome.
Your Part in Healing
You should refrain from smoking or the use of any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site due to its effect on the blood vessels in your body.
If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to take your prescribed medication to control your blood sugar level. If you have not had a recent A1C, we will check that. We will continue to monitor blood sugars and check-in with you throughout your treatment.
Alert the staff to any medications you are taking, or changes in medication during the course of your treatment.
Balanced nutrition, particularly extra protein, is key for healing. We may ask about your diet throughout your treatment.
Meet the Team
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a treatment that increases the amount of oxygen blood cells can carry. It has been used for more than 70 years to improve healing in tissues deprived of oxygen. Studies show it significantly improves healing for some types of chronic wounds.
Patients lay inside a clear-sided chamber filled with 100% oxygen that is pressurized to greater than sea-level pressure. The pressure is not uncomfortable or even noticeable for most people after they get used to the feeling. Blood-oxygen levels can increase by nearly three times. When blood carries this extra level of oxygen throughout the body, it helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of growth factors that promote healing.
Conditions/Indications for HBOT
Although there are many conditions that may benefit from treatment with hyperbaric medicine, there are currently only six indications that are covered by Medicare and most insurances. We do not currently offer treatment for conditions that are considered “off-label” by Medicare.
- Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (not covered by Medicare)
- Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis, unresponsive to conventional medical and surgical management
- Osteoeradionecrosis as an adjunct to conventional treatment, treatment of established disease (not prevention)
- Soft tissue radionecrosis as an adjunct to conventional treatment
- Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities in patients who meet the following three criteria:
- Patient has Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and has a lower extremity wound that is due to diabetes
- Patient has a wound classified as Wagner grade III or higher
- Patient has failed an adequate course of standard wound therapy
If you would like to learn more about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at the Wound & Hyperbaric Healing Center, please call 507-831-0686!
About Healogics, Inc.
Headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, Healogics is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. Healogics and its affiliated companies manage a network of Wound Care Centers® throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Healogics technology-enabled wound care model supports the critical connection between patients with chronic wounds and multi-disciplinary teams for continuous, collaborative, patient-centered care.
For more information, please visit www.healogics.com.