Q. What causes non-healing wounds?
A. Certain wounds may not heal well due to:
- Poor circulation
- Nerve damage
- Being inactive or immobile
- Weak immune system
- Poor nutrition
- Excess alcohol use
Q. Why is a special center necessary for treating wounds?
A. Non-healing wounds require specialized and aggressive care by a knowledgeable and interdisciplinary team who can prevent serious complications and help you heal and return to your daily life activities.
Q. When should I seek help?
A. If a wound has not improved significantly in four weeks, or if it has not healed completely in eight weeks, it is considered a chronic, non-healing wound. You should also call your doctor if you notice signs of infection, such as:
- Pus or bleeding from the wound
- Pain that gets worse
Q. What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?
A. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is an effective and painless treatment option for most chronic wounds and other medical conditions. HBOT drives highly concentrated and pure oxygen into your bloodstream, allowing it to spread deeply into your body’s tissues, stimulating the release of growth factors and stem cells that help to heal wounds. During this treatment, you will lie in a specialized chamber for 1.5 to 2 hours per session and be closely monitored by a medical professional. You can read more about CarePoint Health Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Therapy here.
Q. What will my first appointment be like?
A. The first appointment consists of:
- An assessment
- A review of your medical history
- Blood tests
- Recommendations for your treatment plan
Please be sure to bring your medical records, insurance information, a list of current medications and dosage, and a list of your allergies.
Q. How do I make an appointment?
A. For hyperbaric oxygen therapy, please contact your primary care doctor or specialist for a referral. For other types of wound care, your doctor can refer you or you can call us directly.