Phase Two: Wound Treatment
After your initial wound assessment at Glenwood Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center, you will return for your first wound treatment session. Your treatment plan may include conventional wound treatment strategies, hyperbaric oxygen (HBO2) therapy, or both. You can familiarize yourself with some of the wound treatment options available at our facilities in West Monroe below.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy – sometimes called HBO2 therapy – uses a high concentration of oxygen in a special pressurized chamber to treat wounds. This pure oxygen enriches white blood cells (which fight infection) and red blood cells (which carry oxygen through the body). As you breathe pure, 100 percent oxygen, your body can heal its wounds faster and more efficiently. Learn more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy in West Monroe.
Biological Skin Substitutes
Wound care specialists at Glenwood Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center use several types of biological skin substitutes.
The removal of dead tissue surrounding a wound is known as “debridement.” There are several types of debridement, but two of the most common are:
- Sharp debridement: removal of tissue with scalpel or scissors.
- Enzymatic debridement: enzymes are applied to the dead tissue (via a topical agent) to dissolve the necrotic tissue and any discharge.
Leg and foot wounds may be treated with the use of elastic wraps, socks, and stockings, which support veins and help promote circulation. Compression stockings are commonly used to treat wounds caused by diabetes and/or chronic venous insufficiency.
A variety of specialized topical agents and dressings, which may not be available through your primary physician, could be used to promote wound healing (along with other treatment methods).
Antibiotics may be administered for a 4-6 week period in order to prevent a wound from becoming infected.
Insulin Therapy / Blood Sugar Control
High blood sugar levels make it harder for the body to fight off infections and heal wounds. In many patients, it’s critical to maintain a low blood sugar level, whether through diet, insulin therapy, or both. Low blood sugar levels promote a more responsive immune system.
During an infection control session, you will learn how to disinfect, clean, and dress your wound at home. The necessary steps for reducing the spread of infection will also be covered in this essential part of wound treatment.
Some patients may require surgery for their wound. Types of surgery include deep debridement, revascularization, and skin grafting.