Wound & Hyperbaric Center
- Main Campus: 818 St. Sebastian Way, POB 2, Suite 105, 706-774-7242; fax: 706-774-7243
- Summerville Campus: Summerville Professional Building, 2258 Wrightsboro Road, Suite 170, 706-481-7947; fax: 706-481-7838
The Center is an outpatient, hospital-based program to provide treatment for problem wounds. Patients can call the Center to inquire about a consult or may be referred by their primary care physician. The program operates by appointment and is open each weekday from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. A state-of-the-art facility, the Center provides the most advanced therapies and the latest clinical modalities to treat problem wounds.
Incidences of problem wounds are on the rise due largely to an aging population and an increase in diabetes. For example, approximately 18.5 million Americans have diabetes and, of that population, about 1.8 million will suffer from a problem wound.
For most people, cuts and scratches heal within days or weeks. But for those whose natural healing process is hampered, a simple sore can become a complex medical problem. Without proper treatment, these problem wounds can hamper physical activity, quality of life and, in some cases, be debilitating.
The Center employs the most technologically advanced wound care therapy. There are multiple diagnostic and treatment modalities depending on the situation. These include infectious disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetic education, nuclear medicine, radiology and debridement.
Treatment options also include Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), which is prescribed for approximately 20 percent of non-healing wounds.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a procedure in which a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while relaxing in a pressurized chamber. This delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the blood stream and the wound bed, which rapidly accelerates the healing process.