According to the United States National Institutes of Health, over 6.5 million Americans suffer from chronic wounds. Chronic wounds, known as the silent epidemic, may develop from a variety of different medical conditions, and may not heal for many different reasons. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound. South Central Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center provides a state-of-the-art treatment center with a comprehensive approach to wound care treatment that advances the healing process.
Rebecca Roberts, DO
South Central Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
Rebecca Roberts, DO, Medical Specialist for South Central Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine explains what sets their facility apart. “The South Central Wound Care Center is a Healogics Center of Excellence. At our facility, we focus on developing a treatment plan for each specific patient, and we have trained our staff on the most effective, up-to-date technologies.”
Patients are provided individualized treatment plans that include the most advanced wound care therapies available today, including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy allows the patient to breathe pure oxygen in a pressurized room for the treatment of wounds that will not heal.
“An increase in oxygenation in Wound Care treatment can help a patient to heal faster,” said Dr. Roberts. “So we are proud to provide hyperbaric treatment to patients that qualify. We try to make it a very non-intimidating process. The chamber itself is made of clear acrylic, and the patient, although they are in the chamber, they can watch television, read a book or take a nap during their treatment. Patients are monitored throughout the process.”
As the population continues to age, rates of diabetes and obesity increases. These chronic diseases are contributing factors for wound care treatment. Chronic wounds increase for many reasons, yet South Central Wound Care can help save limbs and changes lives.
“We see a lot of diabetic patients with diabetic foot ulcers,” said Dr. Roberts. “But treatment is also available for those who have a surgical infection or a wound that will not heal.”
South Central Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center offers highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. Some of the leading-edge treatments offered at South Central include negative pressure wound therapy, debridement, application of cellular-based tissue or skin substitutes to the wound, offloading or total contact casts and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. These specialized wound care therapies can aid in wound closure, new tissue growth, wound tissue regeneration and much more.
“I think the biggest thing that brings me joy about treating patients at South Central Wound Care is seeing patients that are very sick, they are not mobile and they cannot enjoy life,” said Dr. Roberts. “Then fast forward several weeks, and these same patients are happy and ready to go be active participants in life again. At the end of treatment, we have a Wound Care Center Healing Bell. It is a goal for each patient to be able to ring the bell once they are healed.”
For more information about South Central Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, please call 601-426-4739. The Wound Care Center is located at 1220 Jefferson Street in Laurel on the ground floor of South Central Regional Medical Center.