Wound Healing FAQs
A wound that fails to respond to treatment after four weeks or has not healed entirely in two months is considered to be a chronic wound. Often complicated by underlying conditions such as diabetes, circulation problems or previous cancer treatment, the simplest of wounds can turn into a significant problem because the body’s normal healing process is affected.Other types of chronic wounds result from pressure ulcers, trauma or infection. Chronic, non-healing wounds can have serious health consequences and may adversely affect your quality of life.
Course of treatment is dependent on specific wound type. During your first visit, your wound will be evaluated and your medical history will be reviewed. Additional tests may be used to provide additional information regarding circulation to the wound. This will help determine what the best course of treatment is.
Once a treatment plan has been prescribed, you will visit the wound center on a regular basis for specialized treatments and documentation of your healing progress. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome.
Yes a referral is needed from your physician.
Most wound treatments are covered by Medicare/Medicaid. HMOs and other private insurance plans. Coverage is dependent on your specific insurance plan. Please bring your insurance card with you during your visit and we will work with you to ensure that you are fully aware of what services are or are not covered by insurance prior to any treatments.
Yes! You can best assist in the healing process by doing the following:
- Care for your wound at home as directed by your healthcare provider
- Eat a healthy diet
- Rest according to your healthcare provider’s instructions
- Take medication as ordered
- Stop smoking
- Return for your follow up appointments
Always call your wound care doctor if you notice any of the following:
- Increasing redness around the wound
- Warm or red skin
- A red streak spreading from the wound
- An increase in wound drainage
- Questions about HBO
No cosmetics, perfume, hair products, deodorants, wigs, jewelry, or electronic devices are allowed in the chamber. The hyperbaric technologist will need to know if you are taking any medications, including any non-prescription drugs. You will be given 100% cotton clothing to wear while in the chamber.
You are advised to not drink alcohol or carbonated beverages at least four hours prior to your treatment. Smoking and tobacco use interferes with the body’s ability to transport oxygen, so smoking cessation is highly encouraged. Your doctor will work with you on techniques to help stop smoking during your treatment period.
Most find the HBO treatment quite comfortable. During your treatment, you may watch television, or even take a nap.