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Helping Chronic Wounds Heal Faster

Doctor bandaging patients leg in hospitalChronic, slow-healing wounds can be caused by a variety of health conditions, including those affecting circulation or specific types of injuries. For example, patients with diabetes often develop ulcers in their feet while bedridden patients frequently suffer from pressure ulcers or bed sores. Post-surgical wounds, severe burns, and traumatic injuries can all lead to chronic wounds. Even severe insect bites can sometimes be slow to heal.

Left untreated, chronic wounds can trigger a variety of secondary problems – the most common of which is persistent pain and discomfort. This leads to depression and a diminished quality of life by preventing the patient from leading the life they want. Wounds that are slow to heal are also highly susceptible to infection, which can lead to hospitalization or even amputation.

At the James Klinghoffer Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Treatment, our multidisciplinary team applies proven wound care practices and advanced clinical approaches to speed wound healing and recovery.

One of the more advanced and effective treatments offered at Deborah is hyperbaric oxygen therapy, also known as HBO. This treatment exposes the entire body to an environment that is 100% oxygen-saturated under increased atmospheric pressure, forcing highly oxygenated blood to the patient’s extremities. Because the oxygen level of the patient’s blood is maximized, this treatment promotes faster healing of chronic wounds and damaged tissue.

Why Deborah?

In 2019, the Center treated over 730 patients.

Medical Team Showing Reports To Patient In Hospital

Additional Advanced Wound Care Treatments

  • Negative pressure wound therapy – a wound dressing device that applies continuous or intermittent suction to the wound bed to manage wound drainage and promote formation of healthy tissue.
  • Bioengineered skin substitutes – a dressing containing live human cells that is applied to the wound weekly to promote healing.
  • Venous pumps – venous pumps are a therapy that can be prescribed for daily home use to assist with managing swelling due to conditions like Lymphedema.
  • Wound matrix and collagen dressings – these provide a natural scaffolding for new tissue growth. They can be used on a wide array of wound types to assist with healing.
  • Ultrasonic debridement – a high power water jet tool that is utilized in the OR which allows the surgeon to precisely debride unhealthy tissue, bacteria and nonviable tissue from the wound.
  • Total contact casting – a specially-designed cast which is used to offload pressure for patients with diabetic foot ulcers. The cast is replaced once weekly so that we are able to continually monitor the wound during treatment.

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David Chiapaikeo, MD

Endovascular, Vascular Surgery