When wounds won’t heal, it’s more than just an annoyance or inconvenience. Persistent wounds are a real threat to your overall health and wellbeing. That’s why Columbus Regional Health’s Wound Center exists. Located on the campus of Midtown Medical Center, our team of surgeons, podiatrists, nurses and medical technicians works together to determine the reasons for persistent wounds and to develop an effective treatment plan.
Surgically cleaning the wound and the wound bed as a regular part of your treatment gives your wound a healthy environment in which to heal.
This process simulates being about 100 feet underwater to increase oxygen in your blood, which in turn, helps wounds to heal.
A foam sponge and portable suction cup create consistent negative pressure on your wound to promote blood supply and decrease tissue swelling around the wound.
Specialized wound care is appropriate for people from all walks of life, but it is especially needed for individuals with poor circulation in their lower extremities. Chronic conditions such as diabetes often contribute to this problem and make it worse. While many of our patients are in this category, we also treat patients with mobility restrictions, either because of obesity, paralysis or another disability. When a person is unable to get around, pressure sores can develop.
The human body is incredible. The ability to heal wounds is built into its very design and structure. However, this capacity for self healing depends on oxygen and blood flow. When oxygenated blood cannot reach the affected area, healing either doesn’t take place or takes place unusually slowly. Wound care is necessary to prevent further negative consequences, including amputation.
Our wound care specialists have multiple treatments at their disposal to help wounds heal. Hyperbaric therapy is an especially intensive approach. Columbus Regional Health has two new hyperbaric chambers available to our patients. With this approach, patients enter a chamber where the relative pressure is raised to three atmospheres. We call it “diving,” because it simulates being about 100 feet underwater. These conditions increase oxygen in the patient’s blood, giving wounds a better chance to heal. These treatments, which typically occur two hours a day every day for about a month, are often the only way to avoid amputation.
Patients are evaluated for blood flow in their extremities using the Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) or a Transcutaneous Oxygen Measurement (TCOM). These diagnostic tests reveal whether or not your legs have adequate circulation.
If the results of the evaluation show poor blood flow, the patient is referred to a vascular specialist. A vascular surgeon may offer several options for you to choose from in order to help improve the circulation in your lower extremities.
Once the results of the blood flow evaluation show adequate circulation, a treatment plan can be developed. It may include a combination of compression, surgical debridement and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.