Treatment for Chronic Wounds
Every year, chronic wounds caused by diabetes, insect bites, pressure ulcers, trauma or other conditions keep three to five million people from doing the things they enjoy. If that happens to you, the Wound Care Center at Corona Regional Medical Center can help. Our staff treats chronic wounds, including those that have resisted healing after months and even years.
If you or a loved one has a wound that hasn’t healed in a month, you should ask your doctor about the Wound Care Center.
The Wound Care Center provides therapeutic treatments that promote healing to help prevent the consequences of a slow-healing wound, such as bone infection and subsequent limb amputation.
Recent surveys have shown that patients' satisfaction rate of the Wound Care Center is 96 percent and its heal rate is 97 percent.
Path Toward Healing
Wound care specialists at the center help stimulate the body's restorative properties by removing dead tissue and then sterilizing and dressing wounds.
"Most patients we treat are people with diabetes who have lower-extremity wounds, such as pressure ulcers in their feet or ankles," says Xinke Chen, MD, Medical Director at the Wound Care Center.
Treatment begins with the painless removal of the dead tissue: callous skin is excised manually or dissolved with enzymatic treatments. Depending on the presence of infection, topical or intravenous antibiotics are delivered to the wound site. Some wounds can be closed with bioengineered skin grafts.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
A patient with a lack of oxygen or blood flow to a limb, a condition known as ischemia, may be a candidate for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). This type of treatment delivers pressurized oxygen to the wound site to help speed the healing process.
"During HBOT, oxygen is delivered at two-and-a-half to three times atmospheric pressure, stimulating new blood vessel and cell growth to promote quick healing," says Tejaskumar Naik, MD, infectious disease specialist at the center.
A typical course of HBOT lasts up to six weeks, with 20 to 30 daily "doses" of treatment. During therapy, patients rest comfortably in a hyperbaric chamber where they may read, relax or watch television.
Case managers assist patients and their family members with arrangements for transportation, home healthcare, durable medical equipment and other services. Some patients may be outfitted with off-loading devices, such as surgical boots and casts that relieve wound-site pressure to speed healing.