Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
Community Hospital offers state-of-the-art outpatient care for chronic, severe, and surgical wounds, using evidence-based approaches for maximum success. Patients receive individualized treatment plans to decrease infection and complications, prevent new wounds, and supporting healing.
Patients do not need a doctor’s referral for wound care.
HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY
Among the treatments offered is hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Patients are in a pressurized chamber that delivers 100-percent oxygen to damaged tissue, stimulating growth of new blood vessels to support new tissue growth.
Community Hospital’s two hyperbaric oxygen chambers are used to treat multiple conditions, but are unique in the treatment of:
- Chronic bone infections or osteomyelitis — These infections, often associated with diabetic foot ulcers, may last for years, with periods of worsening symptoms, in spite of treatment.
Hyperbaric oxygen helps in three ways:
- Strengthening bone cells called osteoclasts, which reabsorb dead bone, allowing the osteoclasts to remove bony debris more effectively
- Enhancing the function of the immune system
- Helping create new blood vessels
- Osteoradionecrosis — In some instances, bone dies as a complication of radiation therapy. For example, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has had some of its most dramatic successes in treating or preventing damage to the jaw as a complication of radiation treatment for head and neck cancer.
Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine physicians and their specialties
- Jeremy Silk, MD, Clinic medical director, Plastic surgery
- David Keller, MD, Infectious disease
- Tea Nguyen, DPM, Podiatric medicine and surgery
- Leonard Popky, MD, Emergency medicine
- Matthew Romans, MD, Plastic surgery
- Julia Shuleshko, DO, Emergency medicine
- Richard Zug, MD, General surgery