When you are suffering from a wound that will not heal, HCA Houston Healthcare is here to help. From Pearland to Tomball, we offer complete, comprehensive care for chronic, nonhealing wounds at seven HCA Houston Healthcare hospital locations across the greater Houston area.
We provide care for a range of acute and chronic wounds, including:
- Arterial and venous wounds
- Diabetic ulcers
- Infected wound
- Ischemic wound
- Non-healing surgical wounds
- Pressure ulcers
- Traumatic wounds
- Wounds resulting from radiation
HCA Houston wound care services
Within our network of care, you will find leading wound care experts, including board-certified physicians and surgeons who specialize in wound care, internal medicine, infectious disease, vascular care and podiatry. Our registered nurses are certified in advanced wound care. We also have diabetes educators, registered dietitians, and physical and occupational therapists.
Together, they collaborate to provide our patients with personalized treatment plans using the most advanced wound care technology and techniques.
Bioengineered tissue and skin replacement
Bioengineered tissue is used to permanently replace damaged or missing skin on a wound. The covering is necessary because the skin protects the body from fluid loss, aids in temperature regulation and helps prevent disease-causing bacteria or viruses from entering the body. Wounds that are left to heal on their own can contract bacteria, often resulting in serious scarring.
Sometimes wounds can swell and prevent the circulation of blood from reaching the surface of your skin. Swelling can often be worst in your feet, ankles and lower legs. By applying compression stockings, you can reduce the swelling brought on by your wound. Compression stockings squeeze the fluid from your legs, thereby reducing the swelling.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is an advanced wound care technique, allowing the patient to sit in a pressurized chamber while breathing in 100 percent oxygen. Pure oxygen levels help increase the supply of oxygen to the rest of the cells in the body, which allows for maximum healing.
Lymphedema is a chronic disorder characterized by persistent swelling in the arms, legs, face, neck, abdomen or chest due to blocked lymph channels. Because the lymph nodes remove impurities from the circulatory system, damage to the lymph system affects the body’s ability to fight infection, interfering with the normal healing process.
An open wound or ulcer cannot be properly evaluated until the dead tissue or foreign matter is removed. There are four types of wound debridement enhancing wound closure: autolytic debridement, enzymatic debridement, mechanical debridement and sharp debridement.
Dressing management is essential in the prevention of bacterial growth and in promoting wound healing. A dressing is designed to be in direct contact with the wound, which makes it different from a bandage.