Wound Care Center
The comprehensive Wound Care Center at HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress administers advanced treatment of chronic, non-healing wounds in a five-star setting. Through state-of-the-art medical technology, proven clinical protocols and personal care, our wound care specialists can speed your recovery time, reduce the need for hospitalization and improve your health and quality of life.
To make an appointment at our Wound Care Center, please call (832) 912-3791.
Our Wound Care Center team
We provide wound specialists and a dedicated staff of wound care nurses and technicians to develop an individualized, comprehensive plan of care for each patient. Our staff includes an experienced team of cardiovascular thoracic surgeons and physician assistants working together to create an optimal healing environment for our patients. Our care team includes:
- Physician wound specialists
- General surgeons
- Plastic surgeons
- Orthopedic specialists
- Internal medicine physicians
- Registered nurses certified in wound care
Our wound care team has acquired more than 40 years of experience in advanced wound care and hyperbaric treatment. They are dedicated to raising the standards of treatment of complex, non-healing wounds.
Chronic wounds and treatments
When wounds fail to heal, an underlying cause such as infection, uncontrolled diabetes, peripheral artery disease and other factors may be to blame. Our Wound Care Center combines the latest technology with comprehensive, individualized treatment to promote wound healing for those suffering from chronic wounds.
We specialize in the treatment of conditions including:
- Non-healing ulcers or wounds including diabetic foot and lower extremity ulcers, venous insufficiency ulcers, pressure sores and arterial insufficiency/ischemic ulcers
- Chronic osteomyelitis, or a bone infection that has not responded to traditional treatment
- Failed or failing skin grafts and flaps
- Surgical wounds that have not healed
- Edema or lymphedema
- Delayed soft tissue radiation injury
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment used in wound healing where the patient breathes in 100 percent oxygen while remaining in a treatment chamber pressurized to approximately twice the atmospheric pressure. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is helpful in healing wounds caused by diabetes or poor circulation and treats wounds such as necrotizing infections, radiation tissue damage, burns and more.
Through hyperbaric oxygen therapy and normal respiration, the patient’s bloodstream becomes enriched with oxygen greatly speeding the body’s healing ability. Benefits include:
- Wound healing
- Preservation of damaged tissue
- Increased blood vessel formation
- Infection control
- Elimination of toxic substances
Individualized dressing management
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. An ideal wound dressing is one that is:
- Conducive for a moist healing environment
Compression wrapping is often used for those wounds associated with swollen legs. Rather than simply dressing a wound, a wound care practitioner compresses the swollen leg in an effort to control the cause of the wound.
Compression to the lower extremities is used to increase healing of wounds by improving the blood supply and reducing edema and distention. Compression wraps are available in elastic or non-elastic and in single or multilayer systems.
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.
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 that enhance wound closure:
- Sharp debridement
- Mechanical debridement
- Enzymatic debridement
- Autolytic debridement
Transcutaneous oxygen testing
Transcutaneous oxygen monitoring measures the amount of oxygen found in tissue. This assessment is useful in determining how much oxygen is needed to heal the wound. Measurement is done through a membrane-covered electrode which heats the skins surface, dilates capillaries and increases the release of oxygen.
Diabetes and wound care
Approximately 40 percent of patients that are treated at wound care centers are diabetic. One of the most common complications of diabetes is neuropathy, or nerve damage.
Neuropathy develops gradually, usually in the legs or feet, resulting in numbness, which can be a warning sign of diabetes and the loss of the protective sensation that signals pain to the body’s extremities. With neuropathy, even a small cut can become a serious wound resulting in chronic infection, gangrene and even amputation.
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. When the lymph system is impaired, even minor scratches or cuts can lead to infection. Left untreated, lymphedema can be painful and may lead to irreversible complications.