Sometimes, wounds just don’t heal like they should. Wound Care at Memorial can help. Han Pham-Hulen, M.D., a Sulphur Springs High School graduate (and valedictorian), returns to her hometown to help care for these challenging wounds. Here, she answers a few questions.
What types of wounds can be treated at the wound care center?
Just about any type of wound that is slow to heal. We see a lot of leg wounds in people with diabetes, wounds related to blood vessel disease, traumatic ulcers, work-related injuries, and surgical incisions that are a little more complicated than usual.
What can you do to help these wounds heal?
We have wound care products and skin substitutes that can help promote healthy tissue growth. Some people have chronic wounds that haven’t healed in three or four years. We aim to heal them in eight to 12 weeks unless there are complicating factors.
What happens when someone comes for treatment?
We start by looking at the whole person — what medical problems does he or she have, and what underlying infections might be complicating the wound? Then we develop a treatment plan.
How does hyperbaric medicine help?
We find people often heal best with a combination of wound care and hyperbaric treatments, if their wound makes them good candidates for hyperbaric care. We follow Medicare guidelines, which are strict and include wounds that might expose muscle, tendon or bone; deeply infected wounds; wounds that are leading to black spots on the feet or toes; and severe necrotizing infections that can spread rapidly.
How do the hyperbaric treatments work?
Doses of pressurized oxygen help speed healing. The skin is the body’s largest organ. When someone has a heart attack, supplying extra oxygen helps the heart muscle. The same concept applies to the skin — the extra oxygen helps tissue survive.
For more information on our Wound Care at Memorial services, please call 903-438-4670.
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