Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center provides specialized treatment for chronic or non-healing wounds, which are defined as sores or wounds that haven’t significantly improved from conventional treatments. Associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins and immobility, non-healing wounds lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. When wounds persist, a specialized approach is required for healing. Typically, a wound that doesn’t respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a problem or chronic wound.
That is where the Wound Center can help. With the state-of-the-art treatments available including debridement, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, dressing selection, special shoes and patient education, people with non-healing and chronic wounds now have a place to turn.
There’s no need to live with a non-healing wound any longer. Every wound has its unique set of circumstances. This additional service offers a more comprehensive wound care program to manage chronic or non-healing wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems and other conditions. Most treatments will be covered by Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs and other private insurance plans.
Located at 3722 Bridges Street, the Center has two hyperbaric oxygen chambers.
The center is staffed with a unique team of doctors, nurses and therapists all dedicated to healing chronic wounds that have resisted traditional treatment. The causes of wounds are complex, and the Center’s team represents expertise in all the major areas necessary to handle varied circumstances and challenges.
Call the Center at 252-499-8450 to schedule an appointment.
Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center
3722 Bridges Street
Morehead City NC 28557
8:00am – 4:30pm
Common Questions and Answers:
When should you seek treatment for your wound at Our Wound Healing Center?
- You have had a sore that won't heal for more than 30 days (commonly experienced by people with diabetes).
- You have a sore with increasing pain, redness or swelling, foul odor or a change in color.
- You have a surgical wound that has become infected.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
- A list of any medications you're currently taking, including vitamins and supplements
- A written list of allergies you may have
- Medical records including x-ray films if you have them
- Insurance forms or cards
What’s my role in healing?
Much of the success of your treatment depends on you. We’ll count on you to follow directions carefully and watch your progress closely. You will learn about caring for your wound at home including how to change dressings and how to protect yourself from further injuries. We’re always here to answer questions and give you the support you need to heal.
What wound healing options are available here?
At the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, you’ll receive the right treatment to heal your wound. Your wound care physician may prescribe some of these therapies:
- Debridement (removal of dead or damaged tissue)
- Specially chosen dressings and wraps
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Bio-engineered tissue substitutes
- Platelet derived growth technology
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Breathing 100% oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure is a painless, proven way to help the body heal. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers work by surrounding the patient with 100% oxygen at higher-than-normal atmospheric pressure in sessions that last 90 minutes to two hours. This increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood, allowing red blood cells to pass more easily through the plasma into the wounds to heal them from the inside out. Introduced in the mid-'60s, HBO chambers have evolved to treat patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven't healed within 30 days. Weighing more than one ton each, the HBO chambers resemble a reclining bed encased in a clear acrylic shell nearly a yard in diameter. Patients can listen to music or watch movies on televisions and VCR/DVD players mounted above the chamber while remaining in constant contact with those outside the chamber through an intercom and private handset. The only physical sensation resulting from the treatment is a slight pressure on the eardrum, such as that felt when a plane lands, as the air in the chamber is compressed.