Wound Healing Center
Our Multidisciplinary Team of Wound Healing Physicians
Jeffery Abrams, MD
Hospitalist Medicine/ Nephrology
Miriam Popal, DPM
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).
Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center takes an interdisciplinary approach to wound treatment and healing due to the complex nature of chronic wounds. The combined knowledge of many health care disciplines is vital for effective chronic wound care management.
|Wound healing success for chronic
wounds stands at an impressive 93%.
A Better Healing Option
The Patient Experience
The Center uses a number of specialized wound care therapies to aid in wound closure, new tissue growth, wound tissue regeneration and much more. One of our premier services is hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) may help speed the wound repair process and prevent further complications. It’s increases the amount of oxygen in the blood to 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 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.
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 or talking 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.
A Comprehensive Team of Wound Care Specialists
In addition to tissue oxygenation, the Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center also uses 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. Ly, Dr. Popal, Dr. Samuel, Dr. Abrams Dr. David 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.
Our team includes:
- Physicians with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds
- Technicians who perform non-invasive studies and various therapies
- Experienced staff who assist with appointments, medical records and health insurance processing
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 calls, we work with your doctors and other experts to develop a total approach to treatment and care.
What Should You Expect at Your First Appointment
Patients are mostly referred by their primary care physician, and the program operates by appointment. Upon referral to the Wound Healing Center, you will undergo a thorough diagnostic exam to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing the wound. The initial appointment consists of a full assessment to determine the cause, classification and size of the wound, as well as the overall health of the patient and the patient’s ability to comply with needed therapies.
Based on the evaluation, a customized treatment plan is developed using the therapies best suited to address your needs. Wound size and depth are documented at the initial visit, and again at each subsequent visit. Some of the diagnostic tools which may be used include:
- Laboratory evaluation
- Radiology (including MRI)
- Oxygen level testing
- Vascular studies, electrocardiogram
After this is determination, a program specifically tailored to your needs will be started based on the most effective treatment options for you. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to provide the maximum healing possible.
Wound care usually takes place as an outpatient. You should plan two-and-a-half to three hours for each visit.
Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center is affiliated with Healogics inc..
Healogics affiliated companies manage nearly 800 Wound Care Centers® in the nation, and see nearly 300,000 patients per year.
Fauquier Health Wound Healing Center was awarded
Center of Distinction status in 2012, 2013 and 2014.