For millions of Americans, the aging process, diabetes and other conditions lead to chronic, non-healing wounds. In some cases, these wounds can take weeks, months or even years to fully heal. Healing deficiencies lead to complications, including acute pain, infections, lost function and even amputation. Chronic wounds keep you from doing the things you love to do.
On an outpatient basis the wound care team at Flowers Hospital's Wound Care Center specializes in treating wounds that have resisted healing after months or even years of treatment and help you resume a healthy life.
We balance a practical approach to wound care with progressive options such as bioengineered skin substitutes, therapeutic dressings, debridements, nutrition assessments and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, a technology that speeds the delivery of healing oxygen to the body's tissues.
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) chambers work by surrounding the patient with 100 percent oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure in sessions, or dives, that last from 90 minutes to two hours. This increases the amount of oxygen in the patient’s blood allowing the wounds to heal from the inside out. It is a painless, proven way to help the body heal.
The HBO chambers resemble a reclining bed encased in a clear acrylic shell nearly a yard in diameter. Patients can listen to music or watch movies on televisions and VCR/DVD players mounted above the chamber. Patients also remain in constant contact with those outside the chamber through an intercom and private handset. The only physical sensation resulting from the treatment is a slight pressure on the eardrum, like that felt when a plane lands, as the air in the chamber is compressed.
To make an appointment with the Wound Care Center or to find out if you're a candidate for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, talk to a physician.
Dr. Douglas Duke
Flowers Hospital - Wound Care Center
4300 W. Main Street, Suite 14
Dothan, AL 36305
4370 West Main St.
Dothan, AL 36305