If you or someone you know has a chronic wound that will not heal, the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Center for Wound Healing may be able to help. Our wound center utilizes the most current and aggressive approaches to wound healing to achieve healing for patients regardless of the length of time they have had the wound. And, our independent team of wound care physicians have more than 50 years of combined experience in treating chronic non-healing wounds. These wounds can be caused by conditions such as diabetes, vascular disorders, burns and radiation, pressure sores, surgery and trauma.
The Center for Wound Healing practice is based upon the premise of identifying the cause of the wound, any barriers to healing present in the individual patient, and then designing a custom treatment approach that meets each patient's needs. This is accomplished by a thorough evaluation of the patient’s physical health, appropriate diagnostic studies, and evaluation of the wound. Additionally, patient and family education related to the causative factors, disease processes and skin care will be provided to reduce the risk of recurrence of the ulcer. We will work in partnership with the patient’s primary physician to coordinate the care, and progress reports will be sent to the referring and consulting physician(s).
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?
The Center uses advanced treatment options, such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat difficult wounds. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a treatment in which the patient breathes 100% oxygen in a pressurized chamber to help heal wounds and fight certain types of infections. The combination of pressure and oxygen increase the number of oxygen molecules that are dissolved in the blood plasma liquid part of your blood which then is delivered to the tissues (typically eight to ten times the usual amount). This stimulates the process of regenerating (growing) new, healthy tissue. Some benefits are: enhancement of white blood cells, enhancement of antibiotic activity and vasoconstriction (reduces edema). It is a painless procedure that can have dramatic results in certain diseases. For example, when a wound does not heal due to not enough blood supply, HBOT can increase blood vessel growth which then starts healing. Hyperbarics originated from the iron lung and also from decompression illnesses associated with diving. We now use HBOT for various conditions including adjunctive care with wound healing.
The wounds we treat include, but are not limited to:
- Pressure ulcers
- Diabetic/neuropathic ulcers
- Venous insufficiency ulcers
- Arterial/ischemic wounds
- Surgical wounds
- Traumatic injuries
- Incontinence or other moisture-related dermatitis
- Radiation injuries
- Minor burns
Treatments may include:
- Debridement (removal of dead or non-viable tissue), either using an instrument or through the use of an ultrasonic debridement device*
- Wound cultures, to assess for infection
- Blood flow measurement/non-invasive vascular assessment
- Blood glucose
- Compression therapy
- Specialized offloading techniques
- Bio-engineered tissues/growth factor therapy
- Advanced interactive dressings
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
*The Center utilizes ultrasonic debridement to offer a more comfortable and effective experience for debriding painful wounds.
Patients may be referred to the Center by their physician or can self refer by calling the Center directly at (813) 783-1237.