About Wound Care
A chronic or non-healing wound is generally defined as a sore, ulcer or other skin breakdown that that has not responded or significantly improved with conventional treatment over a 30-day period. These wounds are often associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins and immobility, and can lead to serious complications, including amputation.
Chronic wounds are a growing health problem. More than 8 million Americans suffer from chronic wounds – and approximately 1.1 to 1.8 million new cases are diagnosed each year. Diabetes, a condition that affects nearly 26 million people, is one the most common causes of non-healing wounds. In fact, an estimated 15% of all diabetics will develop chronic wounds. However, studies show that specialized wound care treatment can help reduce such complications, optimize healing, reduce hospital stays and avoid amputation.
Treating chronic wounds is a complex and often challenging process. At our Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, we draw on the expertise and experience of our clinical staff to create a plan of care that will best meet your individual needs. We begin with a comprehensive evaluation to determine the most effective course of treatment for you.
Wounds We Treat
- Diabetic ulcers
- Necrotizing fasciitis
- Neuropathic ulcers
- Peristomal skin irritations
- Pressure ulcers
- Surgical Wounds
- Traumatic wounds
- Venous insufficiency
We integrate the science and technology of healing with the care and support each patient needs to successfully recover. As part of this we continually challenge ourselves to explore the clinically proven methods that foster body's innate ability to heal and draw on the many resources that the HealogicsTM network provides.
- Advanced dressings and wraps
- Bio-engineered tissue substitutes
- Compression therapy
- Edema management
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Growth factor therapies
- Negative pressure wound therapy
Education is a key component of our program. We will work closely with you and your family to make sure that you understand your condition, what to expect from your treatment and how to manage your wound at home. As part of this comprehensive approach to care, we offer:
- Diabetes management
- Infectious-disease management
- Nutrition management
- Pain management
About the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center
The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation - Lakeway provides the highly specialized treatment that can help heal chronic wounds. Our team of wound care experts -- physicians, nurses and technicians – combines support, education and the most advanced treatments available to tailor treatment to optimize the recovery and quality of life of each patient. We have partnered with HealogicsTM, the world’s largest wound care management organization, to offer you new hope for healing.
A referral from your physician will get the process started, but you can also contact us directly to schedule an appointment. Your first visit will include a comprehensive diagnostic examination to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems that have caused the wound. We will also review your overall health status and discuss your ability to comply with the treatment program. Some of the diagnostic modalities which may be used include:
- Laboratory evaluation
- Radiology (including MRI)
- Transcutaneous oxygen testing
- Vascular studies
Based on this evaluation, we develop a customized care plan that will incorporate the most effective therapies for your needs. Wound size and depth are documented at the initial visit, and again at each subsequent visit. For more information about the Wound Care and Hyperbaric center or to make an appointment, call 512.263.4568.