Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center

Deborah W. has been living with Type 2 diabetes for 17 years, which puts her at greater risk for serious wounds that are hard to heal. A few years ago, she stepped on a toy while playing with her grandkids and cut her foot open. After two years and many different attempts by doctors, her foot still wasn’t properly healed. Finally, Deborah found healing inside of a hyperbaric chamber at the St. Vincent’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center. Today, she’s back to playing with her grandkids, though she’s now much more mindful of stray toys.

Why Unhealed Wounds Matter

According to the American Medical Association, the risk of death from unhealed diabetic foot wounds is greater than both breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. The longer a wound remains unhealed, the more likely it is to get infected. For certain patients, like those with diabetes, infections are harder to fight and, in some cases, amputations are more likely.

How We Treat Wounds

We work with each patient to create a comprehensive, personalized wound treatment plan. This can include one or a combination of the therapies listed below.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a highly effective way to help the body’s natural ability to heal wounds itself and prevent limb loss. It uses increased pressure to speed up healing and repair tissue damage. In addition to being able to heal previously unhealable wounds, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has also been shown to reduce the amputation rate of patients with diabetic wounds.

Vacuum Assisted Closure

Vacuum assisted closure uses negative pressure to remove excess fluid from the wound through suction. As a result, more blood begins to flow to the wound and it begins to heal. This technique can also reduce the risk of infections.

Surgical Interventions/Debridement

Debridement is the process of cleaning and removing dead, damaged or infected tissue to make the healing process easier. There are multiple methods for debridement, including surgery.

Additional Treatments

  • Vascular studies
  • Dressings and compression wraps
  • Bio-engineered tissue substitutes
  • Nutritional and diabetic support

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3 Shircliff Way, Suite 520
Jacksonville, Fl 32204

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4203 Belfort Road
Roger Main Building, Suite 115
Jacksonville, FL 32216

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1670 St. Vincent’s Way
Medical Office Building, Suite 120
Middleburg, FL 32068