Comprehensive Care for Complex, Non-Healing Wounds
The Advanced Wound Centers at LewisGale Regional Health System place the area’s most advanced technology in the hands of our highly trained professional staff to offer comprehensive, quality wound care and education. For patients this means optimal wound healing, wound management and prevention.
Patients benefit greatly from our interdisciplinary case management approach, which creates close collaboration among physicians, nurses, rehabilitation services, social services, home healthcare and other professional resources for ongoing patient care.
Contact an Advanced Wound Center
Physicians and other healthcare providers may refer patients to the Advanced Wound Center at LewisGale Medical Center or patients can schedule their own appointments by calling (540) 776-4446.
After your referral, you’ll be scheduled for an evaluation at the center. From initial assessment through your treatment, periodic progress reports will be sent to your referring physician.
We work closely with home health agencies, long-term care providers and workers’ compensation groups to coordinate care.
Conditions Requiring Wound Healing Care
We treat a wide range of chronic, recurrent, non-healing and acute wounds stemming from:
- Vascular disease (venous or arterial)
- Diabetes or other metabolic disorders
- Bone or soft tissue infection
- Crush injuries
- Complex medical and surgical conditions
- Pressure ulcers
- Radiation injury
- Thermal burns
If you’re dealing with a non-healing wound, our dedicated specialists will work with you and your physician to evaluate your condition and create an individualized treatment plan designed to address your concern.
Leaders in HBOT
The Advanced Wound Center at LewisGale Medical Center was among the first in Southwest Virginia to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), one of the most advanced treatment options available for healing wounds. This treatment involves breathing pure oxygen in a sealed environment that’s been pressurized to help push oxygen into the blood plasma. HBOT stimulates the growth of blood vessels in damaged tissues and is effective in fighting some types of infection.
Conditions That Benefit from HBOT
HBOT uses the body’s natural healing processes to help treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Certain wounds that are healing slowly or not at all in a person with diabetes
- Tissue damaged from radiation therapy
- A skin graft with inadequate blood supply
- Certain types of infections of the bone and/or skin
HBOT is also effective in treating people with carbon monoxide poisoning or decompression sickness.
What to Expect from HBOT
The Advanced Wound Center staff will provide instructions and answer your questions before your first treatment. You’ll need to inform the staff about any medications you are taking. Family members or other caregivers are encouraged to participate in the patient’s initial orientation session.
Unless you have another medical condition, HBOT is an outpatient treatment that usually lasts about two hours. The number of treatments will depend on your diagnosis and care plan.
Most people experience no pain or discomfort during or after treatment. You may feel fullness in your ears similar to what you experience during an airplane flight. Your doctor will discuss other possible side effects of HBOT.
A comfortable cotton garment will be provided for you to wear during treatment, and you will be asked to remove jewelry, glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and prostheses.
If you have cold or flu symptoms, it may be necessary to postpone your treatment.
You’ll need to be evaluated by one of our doctors in the Advanced Wound Center prior to being scheduled for HBOT.
Our Wound Care Team
The physicians at LewisGale Regional Health System have extensive experience in wound healing hyperbarics and vascular surgery. Our specialists work with experts from other healthcare disciplines, who collaborate on your behalf to customize your treatment. You benefit from the combined expertise of surgical and infectious disease specialists, endocrinologists, nurses, home health providers, diabetic counselors, social workers and rehabilitation therapists.
Learn more about our Advanced Wound Centers.
Find a Wound Healing Specialist
Our free referral service, Consult-A-Nurse®, can help you:
- Find a doctor and make an appointment
- Answer health care questions
- Register for classes and events
Call (877) 242-2362. Available 24/7.