Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

Common Wound Care Questions

Do I need the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine?

If you have a wound that has not significantly improved within four weeks or completely healed in two months, you should ask your primary care doctor for a referral.

What are commonly treated wounds?

  • Diabetic wounds
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Venous stasis ulcers
  • Burns
  • Insect bites
  • Crush injuries
  • Non-healing surgical wounds

Can I self refer to the clinic?

Yes, if you have Medicare or a PPO that does not require a referral.

Does the Center accept my insurance?

We are contracted with most PPO Insurances, Medicare, Medi-cal, IEHP and most local HMO Groups.

What specialty physicians are on staff?

  • Podiatrist
  • Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease
  • General Surgeons
  • Vascular Surgeons
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons

What should I bring to my first visit?

You must bring your photo ID, insurance card, (authorization if applicable) and a list of current medications, including dosage and frequency. If you are currently on a wound vac, please bring your supplies with you. Also, please notify the staff of recent lab work and/or imaging tests related to your wound or diagnosis.

What treatments are available?

  • Vascular testing
  • Surgical intervention
  • Diabetes education
  • Nutritional services
  • Education on wound prevention
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Protective footwear
  • Skin substitutes
  • Wound Vac therapy

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a simple, non-invasive and painless way of delivering high doses of oxygen to the body. Patients breathe 100% oxygen while pressurized inside of a chamber. The pressure inside the chamber causes the oxygen you breathe to dissolve into your blood and diffuse into the tissues and fluids of the body.

What are the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?

  • Stimulates growth of new blood vessels
  • Reduces edema (swelling)
  • Increases oxygen delivery to tissues
  • Effective in fighting certain types of infections

What qualifies for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?

Common indicators:

  • Gas Gangrene
  • Actinomycosis
  • Crush Injuries
  • Preparation & Preservation of Comprised skin grafts
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Soft Tissue Radionecrosis
  • Diabetic Wounds of the Lower Extremities

(Course of treatment may vary based on on-going physician assessment and intervention)