Chronic, difficult wounds that have not responded to standard treatment require specialized expertise. Chronic wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation and other medical conditions can significantly impact quality of life. In some cases, they put patients at risk for hospitalization and amputation.
The Center for Advanced Wound Healing at Southampton Hospital offers specialized wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy with oversight by a medical team skilled in the latest evidence-based methods to treat stubborn wounds. Customized treatment plans, continuity of care, and communication with your personal physician assure the highest level of success.
On your first visit, a physician and certified wound care nurse will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your condition and develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs that will include a variety of therapies, among them:
- Edema reduction (excess fluid)
- Removal of damaged tissue
- Topical therapies (medications and dressings)
- Skin substitutes
- Compression therapy
- Negative pressure therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a painless, noninvasive treatment for chronic wounds and infections that have resisted other treatment. HBOT uses pressured oxygen to help wounds heal faster. HBOT is completely painless and you have ample space to lie comfortably in the transparent hyperbaric chamber. Patients breathe 100% oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure while lying in a hyperbaric chamber. Take a nap, watch television or a DVD, and talk face-to-face with your caregiver during treatments which typically last 90 minutes. The number of treatments will depend on your wound’s condition and how it responds to therapy.
HBOT is highly effective and safe. It significantly increases the level of oxygen in the bloodstream, helping to:
- Boost the body’s natural healing process
- Stimulate the growth of new blood cells
- Reduce swelling and inflammation
- Aid in the fight against infection
Who manages my care?
Our professional staff will monitor your progress and need for follow-up care, and keep your physician informed with regular updates. You and your caregiver will also receive extensive instruction on how to manage your condition at home after the specialized treatment has ended.
What if I need additional services?
Our Center is located in the Hospital so it is easy to access other medical resources on an outpatient basis. The Nurse Manager will make these arrangements for you.
Will health insurance cover the costs?
Most health plans, including Medicare, cover wound healing and hyperbaric medicine treatments for approved indications. Our staff will handle your insurance pre-certification and verification for your convenience.
Is a physician referral necessary?
Referral is not necessary. If you have a chronic wound that requires specialized expertise, call the Center at (631) 726-3300.