Wound Care

The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland applies the newest medical advances to healing persistent wounds.

The center’s team of physicians, nurses and technicians are specially trained to manage chronic wounds and complex injuries. Our unique team treats many wounds that have resisted healing after months and even years of traditional treatment, including:

  • Diabetic wounds (including diabetic foot ulcers)
  • Surgical wounds
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Ischemic wounds (those involving a lack of blood flow)
  • Pressure ulcers (including bed sores)
  • Radiation-induced tissue injuries
  • Arterial and venous wounds

Wound care and treatment

Our staff evaluates the wound and reviews the patient medical history and general health to determine the appropriate treatment methods for each patient. There are many wound treatment methods and techniques used based on the type and location of the wound and the underlying cause of poor wound healing. Advanced wound therapies include:

  • Aggressive conventional wound care and wound debridement (cutting away of dead tissue so that the remain tissue can heal)
  • Compression therapy to control leg and foot swelling
  • Vacuum-assisted wound closure
  • Application of tissue replacement products
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help tissues get more oxygen which promotes healing

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is not used by itself for wound care, but can be an effective add-on treatment for some patients. HBOT helps the body repair wounds and fight infection.

Hyperbaric chambers put patients in a pressurized area, which provides 10 times the body’s normal supply of oxygen. This reduces swelling and discomfort while helping tissue repair itself.

Hyperbaric medicine is used to treat a number of conditions, as approved by the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society:

  • Crush injury, compartment syndrome and other trauma
  • Diabetic wounds
  • Compromised skin grafts
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infections)