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Chronic Wound Treatments

Debridement

Debridement is the process of removing dead tissue from wounds, which helps them heal faster. Dead tissue can trap bacteria, which may lead to an infection. If your wound needs debridement, our staff will explain the procedure process, its benefits and any potential risks with you prior to the procedure.

For more information on chronic wound treatment or other wound care services available, please call 1-866-KHS-HEAL.

Skin Substitutes

Skin substitutes, as a form of wound closure, are used in many cases of skin wounds. Skin substitutes can help in wound closure, controlling associated pain and promoting healing. A skin substitute can be either temporary or permanent.

Temporary substitutes are used as a short-term wound covering to protect the wound from risks posed by the outside environment, and provide a clean, healthy and moist environment to promote healing. Temporary substitutes are usually removed after three to four weeks. Permanent skin substitutes are used to permanently replace the full thickness of skin layers and improve the quality of skin at the wound or burn sites 

Skin substitutes have been shown to accelerate wound healing with fewer complications from infection and dehydration. Skin substitutes are also more cosmetically attractive and provide more functionality and flexibility to wound sites.

Recovery of wounds with skin substitutes varies depending on the wound site, size, depth, patient’s medical history and overall condition, but most wounds take several weeks to regenerate and replace lost tissue.

For more information on skin substitute treatment or other wound care services available, please call 1-866-KHS-HEAL.

Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy

Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy refers to dressings that continuously or intermittently apply sub-atmospheric pressure to the wound surface to assist healing. Also called Vacuum-Assisted Wound closure (VAC) therapy, this is a popular treatment for many acute and chronic wounds.

Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy can be used for:

  • Acute surgical and traumatic wounds
  • Subacute wounds
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Chronic and open wounds (e.g. venous stasis ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers)
  • Meshed grafts

Some benefits of Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy include:

  • Earlier hospital discharge
  • Fewer wound dressing changes
  • Less need for surgery
  • Savings in nursing costs
  • Enable transfer from hospital to lower-cost health care setting
  • Improved quality of life

For more information on negative-pressure wound therapy or other wound care services available, please call 1-866-KHS-HEAL.

Wound Compression Therapy

Compression Therapy is a simple form of wound care that aims to gently apply pressure to the ankles and legs by wearing specifically designed stockings. These dressings work to slowly stretch out vein walls and improve overall circulation which, in turn, helps eliminate swelling. 

Typical compression stockings are generally made from elastic garment apparel, and once put on, allow for graduated constriction to begin at the ankle, working its way up the leg. The stockings serve as a replicated muscle, adding some pressure to contracting areas of restricted blood circulation in the leg, allowing veins to loosen up and reducing pain in the lower limbs.

Sufferers of chronic venous disease are the main candidates for compression therapy. Without effective Compression Therapy, chronic venous diseases can lead to future issues, such as “spider veins.”  

Chronic venous diseases can occur in patients who have experienced one or more of the following:

  • Leg injury or surgery
  • Excessive weight gain or obesity
  • Prolonged periods without movement
  • Blood clots in the veins

For more information on wound compression therapy or other wound care services available, please call 1-866-KHS-HEAL.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a painless treatment used to treat certain medical conditions that takes place in a pressurized chamber that you can see out of. While lying inside the chamber, you can watch TV and relax as you inhale 100 percent oxygen. Your blood then carries the extra oxygen to your injured area.

  • How do I find out if Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is for me?

    If you have a wound that hasn’t healed in four weeks, ask your doctor. He will evaluate your wound and will decide if hyperbaric wound care is right for you.

  • Can someone stay with me during Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

    To protect the privacy of our patients, family members may not remain with you during your treatment. A waiting room is provided for their comfort. However, a trained staff member is always in the room during treatment and you may communicate with them at any time.

  • How long does a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatment last?

    Treatment is different for each patient and depends on the patient’s condition and response to therapy. Most patients receive between 30 and 40 treatments, which last about 2 hours each. Patients generally receive one treatment per day, Monday through Friday. Your doctor will tell you if you need more than one treatment per day.

  • Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy painful?

    No, but at the beginning of your treatment, you may feel pressure in your ears – like when you fly in a plane.

  • What if I have diabetes?

    Your doctor will discuss blood sugar control with you. Our trained technician will check your blood sugar before and after treatment. Take your medicine as prescribed and eat before receiving Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

  • Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy covered by my insurance?

    Medicare has approved coverage for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for wound healing, including many types of chronic non-healing wounds. Most private insurance companies follow Medicare rules. We will review your insurance plan with you before your therapy starts to make sure you know what your costs will be.

For more information on hyperbaric oxygen therapy or other wound care services available, please call 1-866-KHS-HEAL.