Advanced Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center
St. Mary’s Advanced Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center is a hospital-based outpatient, surgical clinic specializing in the treatment of patients with chronic, non-healing wounds. Chronic wounds affect nearly seven million patients in America every year. Chief causes of a breakdown in the wound-healing process include infection, tissue ischemia/hypoxia, inadequate local wound responsiveness, and unrelieved pressure. Diabetes is very often associated with many of these causes for wounds. The St. Mary’s Advanced Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine center is the only one of its kind between Salt Lake City and Denver, offering advanced and cutting edge treatments and the highest quality of dedicated providers, nurses, and other clinically trained staff to help advanced wounds heal faster. Our team of experts is trained in the treatment of complicated, chronic and non-healing wounds including chronic venous disease, diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, open surgical wounds, traumatic wounds, burns, and hand wounds.
Treatment of Non-Healing Wounds
A variety of treatments options are available for the proper care of advanced wounds. Our team of wound experts and your referring physician will work together to determine a treatment plan that is right for you. Treatment may include the following:
- Debridement of the wound
- Infection control
- Topical dressings
- Compression therapy
- Bioengineered skin substitutes
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Among the many innovative treatments offered through the St. Mary’s Advanced Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center is hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an adjunctive therapy to be used with continued conventional wound care. With the patient placed in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber, the body receives up to 10 times the normal supply of oxygen. Using 100 percent oxygen with increased pressure enables damaged areas to grow new small blood vessels, restore cellular growth, and rebuild bone, muscle and skin promoting wound healing while decreasing chronic infections.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is safe, effective, non-invasive, and painless. Patients rest comfortably in a clear chamber and may nap or watch television during treatment. Evidence-based treatment protocols are applied based on a patient's diagnosis.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a recommended and approved therapy for:
- Soft tissue radionecrosis
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
- Diabetic wounds (stage 3 and 4)
What Should I Expect During My Treatment?
You will be evaluated in the center during your first visit and prescribed a course of treatment. We ask that you revisit your wound provider in clinic weekly to monitor and debride the wound area as needed. Successful healing usually takes six to sixteen weeks depending on the nature of the wound. You will be instructed to continue seeing your current physician for all other medical needs and once the wound is healed, to return to your physician for ongoing care. Learn more by visiting A Patient's Guide to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.