Wound Healing Center
Life is full of bumps and bruises. But some wounds, such as diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers — otherwise known as bedsores — and infections don’t always get better quickly. Some can even take years, if not decades, to heal. Wounds that don’t improve significantly within 30 days, despite standard treatment, can impair your quality of life and even lead to limb amputation.
A Better Healing Option
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) may help speed the wound repair process and prevent further complications. It’s a highly specialized treatment that increases the amount of oxygen in the blood to ultimately saturate damaged tissue with oxygen. Patients who receive HBO inhale 100 percent oxygen at up to three times the normal atmospheric pressure. HBO drives more oxygen into the red blood cells to promote healing from the inside out.
Diabetic foot ulcers, which are a common and serious complication of diabetes, are an example of wounds that may benefit from HBO.
Hyperbaric oxygen chambers are commonly used to treat:
• Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
• Compromised skin grafts and surgical flaps
• Delayed radiation injury (complication of radiation
therapy) including radiation cystitis (bleeding from
the bladder), radiation proctitis (inflammation,
damage and/or bleeding of colon)
The Patient Experience
During HBO, patients relax in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber made of transparent Plexiglas. They breathe 100 percent oxygen for roughly 90 minutes while being monitored by a hyperbaric oxygen nurse. This treatment increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood and, in the case of wounds, allows red blood cells to pass more easily through the plasma into the wound to heal it from the inside out. Diabetic foot wounds are an example of wounds that may benefit most from this type of treatment.
Patients can relax by watching movies on a mounted TV or talk with others through a speaker system. Other than slight eardrum pressure — much like you might feel as a passenger in an airplane — the treatment is painless.
Patients have their progress charted through digital photographs. Our treatments are evidence-based and best practice driven. Our patients do not undergo any treatment or progress to a new level of treatment until the need is clearly indicated. In addition to tissue oxygenation, the Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center also employs the use of vascular studies, tissue culturing and pathology, revascularization, bio-engineered skin grafting and clinical or surgical debridement.
Our multidisciplinary team of physicians providing care for patients include: Dr. Kip Dorsey, Dr. Tam Ly, Dr. Mirium Popal, Dr. Lynn Samuel and Dr. Mountcastle. The doctors and clinical staff are skilled in the latest therapeutic methods in wound management and stay abreast of leading information through continuous training.
Patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans may self-refer to the Wound Healing Center. However, one of the center's missions is to build relationships with patients' primary care physicians. We become a partner in the patient's medical care. While we dedicate our efforts to healing the patient's wound, the primary care physician is free to focus on treating the underlying cause or disease. Through regular reports and phone calls, we work with the patient’s doctors and other experts in the program to develop a total approach to treatment and care.
The hyperbaric chambers are used as an advanced treatment to aid in healing
difficult to heal wounds such as diabetic wounds, wounds associated with osteomyelitis and gangrene.
CAN THE WOUND HEALING CENTER HELP?
HBO is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most health insurance plans. Contact the Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center to further discuss the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy or any of our other treatments and to find out what might be right for you. Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center is located at 493 Blackwell Road, Suite 104 in Warrenton, VA.
For more information about the Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center or to make an appointment, call 540.316.HEAL (4325). If you need a primary care physician, call 540.316.3627 (315.DOCS).