The Southwest Center for Wound Care
For most people, wound healing is a natural, uneventful process. For some, however, it becomes a complex medical problem requiring specialized medical treatment. If you suffer with a hard-to-heal wound, we may be able to help.
Our trained specialists follow a multidisciplinary approach to complex wound healing. After an initial evaluation, each patient receives a comprehensive, individualized plan to help heal these complicated wounds. We are committed to providing care with dignity and respect. And we focus on the whole person by considering your physical, spiritual and emotional needs, because we know these are integral parts of the healing process. Our staff will coordinate your care with your primary care physician and specialty care providers to ensure your overall well-being.
For more information about wound therapy, please call the Southwest Center for Wound Care at 210-921-3493 during office hours – Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Originally developed to help deep-sea divers overcome decompression sickness, also called “the bends,” hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used today to accelerate the healing of wounds that are slow to close on their own. HBO2 therapy is also used to help fight certain types of infections and to treat conditions ranging from cyanide or carbon monoxide poisoning to radiation injuries.
What HBO2 Therapy Involves
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a specialized treatment that allows you to breathe pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. High concentrations of oxygen are delivered to the bloodstream, ranging from 10 to 20 times the normal amount. This pure oxygen can penetrate areas that oxygen-carrying red blood cells cannot reach. As a result, it helps revitalize tissues that receive poor blood flow and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels.
Increased oxygen also enables more infection-fighting white blood cells to reach affected areas. Most patients require treatment over the course of several weeks to effectively treat wounds.
The HBO2 Treatment Experience
Hyperbaric therapy is painless and most patients watch TV or sleep during their treatments. A Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT) will monitor your treatment at all times and a physician will always be nearby. During treatment, once you are comfortably positioned inside the chamber, the technologist will slowly increase the air pressure. As the pressure increases initially and decreases at the end of the treatment, you may notice the same sensation you sometimes feel when changing altitude in an airplane. Your technologist will monitor you at all times and will help you equalize the pressure between your ears.
Vision & Eye Care
Systemic illness that impairs wound healing may often affect the eyes and visual function. As one of the body’s most complex and delicate organs, the eye requires special evaluation and treatment when damaged. The Southwest Center for Wound Care is proud to partner with several ophthalmologists in managing patients with such systemic illness and secondary eye problems.
For example, many patients visiting the Southwest Center for Wound Care are struggling with diabetes-related wounds. When the damaging effects of diabetes appear in the eyes, you may be referred to an ophthalmologist for evaluation and treatment.
The ophthalmology service line at Southwest General Hospital not only manages patients with diabetes-related eye disease, but also manages patients who are afflicted with other eye problems, including:
- Ocular trauma (auto, chemical, work and sports related among others)
- Eye infection
- Neurologic conditions affecting the eyes (stroke syndrome)
For more information, call 1-877-215-WELL.