The Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center
The Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Abbeville Area Medical Center provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds that have not significantly gotten better during the course of conventional treatment.
Wounds that are not healing can cause severe health risks and may result in life-threatening infections, possible amputation and debilitating health problems. Types of wounds treated at our Center include:
- Wound and bone infections
- Surgical wounds
- Diabetic wounds
- Tissue damage from radiation therapy
- Traumatic wounds
- Crush injuries
- Brown recluse spider bites
- Edema (Swelling)
- Skin grafts
With the treatment now available AAMC’s new Wound Care Center, people with slow-healing wounds no longer have to suffer. Our comprehensive approach can heal wounds that have resisted other treatments, and help you avoid loss of limbs, reduce incidence of recurrence, and get your life back.
Our Center features a hyperbaric chamber where we offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This therapy uses a pressurized, see-through chamber to deliver high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream. While in the chamber, the patient can comfortably recline, listen to music or even watch television. When the chamber is pressurized, the patient breathes 100 percent pure oxygen, which saturates the patient’s blood plasma with oxygen, carrying 20 to 30 times the normal amount of oxygen to body tissues. Oxygen-saturated blood helps heal wounds and is effective in fighting certain types of infection. Oxygen therapy also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and improves circulation.
Are You a Candidate?
If you suffer from a chronic or non-healing wound, speak with your physician about AAMC’s Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. If you are a candidate, we will work with you and your doctor to deliver:
- Advanced therapies
- Proven clinical protocols
- An individualized, comprehensive plan of care that brings you the most appropriate and effective treatments for your particular needs
- Assessment and ongoing care by our wound care specialists
- Thorough training for you and your family on caring for the wound at home
- Education materials and resources related to prevention, nutrition, hygiene and other key topics for you and your family
- Ongoing communication so that you and your doctor stay informed and up-to-date on all aspects of your healing.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Get Help from the Wound Care Center?
You may call the Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center directly or be referred by your doctor. To make an appointment, call: (864) 366-3283.
Does This Mean I Have to Change Doctors?
Not at all. We work with your personal physician in the same way as we would any medical specialist. We keep your doctor informed on all aspects of your treatment with frequent progress reports. While you’ll be receiving treatment here for your wound, you’ll continue to receive all of your routine care from your physician. At the Center, you will be cared for by a physician who is specially trained in advanced wound healing techniques.
Does Insurance Cover Treatment?
Many health plans cover wound care treatments. We can help you determine what your specific plan covers.
What Can I Expect at the First Appointment?
The first appointment consists of an in-depth assessment by our wound care team, a review of your medical history, blood tests or additional tests if needed, and recommendations for your treatment plan. Please bring your medical records, insurance card, a list of all medications you are taking, and a list of allergies you may have to the first appointment. Expect to spend a few hours at the Center.
What Causes Non-Healing Wounds?
Chronic and non-healing wounds can result from a number of factors, including diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vascular disease, and immobility (which can lead to pressure ulcers, commonly known as bed sores). People with diabetes are at particular risk. If you have a wound that won’t heal, you are not alone. Approximately 3 million to 5 million Americans experience this condition. The good news is that you no longer have to suffer. We not only use some of the most advanced therapies available for healing, but also address the underlying cause of the wound—for example, nutrition, lack of exercise, hygiene, ill-fitting shoes—to help eliminate recurrence.
If you have additional questions or wish to schedule an appointment, call (864) 366-3283.
Our Wound Care medical staff – click to find out more about them
Chris Ceraldi, MD, Medical Director
Bruce Johnston, MD
Michael J. White, MD