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New Hope for Hard-to-Heal Wounds

Nearly 10 million Americans are affected by challenging wounds resulting from a number of factors, including diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vein disease, surgical incisions, and immobility. If you or someone you know is experiencing any type of wound, the experts at the FCHC Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center offer advanced healing therapies. Our comprehensive approach is designed to speed the healing process, allowing our patients to resume a normal lifestyle and regain their quality of life as quickly as possible.

Our Wound Care & Hyperbaric Team

Our expert treatment team at the FCHC Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center includes board-certified specialists, a team of highly trained nurses and ancillary staff, nutritionists, lymphedema therapists, and orthotists. We employ a multi-disciplinary and patient-centered approach to treat hard-to-heal wounds.

Advanced Wound Care Therapy Close to Home

Our Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center offers a variety of treatment techniques to help wounds heal, including: 

  • Debridement (cleaning of wound surfaces)
  • Vascular assessment (evaluation of arteries and veins)
  • Compression therapy for edema (swelling)
  • Nutritional evaluation
  • State-of-the-art topical therapies
  • Antibiotic therapy  
  • Negative-pressure wound therapy

 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). is an advanced treatment to systematically deliver oxygen at a higher than normal to enhance the healing process.  During Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while relaxing in a pressurized chamber. HBOT helps to heal wounds in several ways, including:

  • Increasing the oxygen supply to damaged tissue
  • Increased ability to fight bacteria
  • Reduces swelling
  • Increases new blood vessel growth

 

Why Wound Management?

There are many benefits to advanced wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy   For most patients comprehensive wound care will mean:

  • Decreased pain at the wound site
  • Faster recovery from surgery, a traumatic accident, and other wound types
  • Fewer wound-related complications such as infections
  • Reduced need for hospitalization or prolonged home care

 

Treatable conditions at the FCHC Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center include:

  • Pressure ulcers
  • Crash injuries or traumatic wounds
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Post-surgical wounds that are slow to heal
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Slow-healing or chronic ulcers and wounds
  • Gas gangrene

HBOT also is used to treat complications following radiation therapy

Additional Support

At the FCHC Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center, we offer a wide range of outpatient services that can be coordinated when needed at Fulton County Health Center.  These services include:

Diagnostic Services

Our Lab and Radiology departments located on our main campus offers state-of the-art diagnostic services to assist in diagnosis and management of wounds.

Diabetes Education

Our Diabetes Education Program offers comprehensive educational services to help gain control of your diabetes and enhance your  current health condition and wound healing.

Medical Nutrition Counseling

Our registered dietitians provide personalized nutrition education for people living with chronic illnesses and/or those who want to improve their health by eating better.

Pain Management 

Through our endoscopy department, we also offer a pain management clinic to both acute (short-term) pain resulting from an injury, illness, or surgery, as well as chronic (constant) pain that interferes with daily living.

Lymphedema Clinic

Our lymphedema clinic is located in the Rainbow Hematology/Oncology Center.  Physical Therapy Staff there have completed advanced training to treat abnormal swelling caused by the buildup of lymph fluid, usually in the arms and legs.

 FCHC Rehab Center

The FCHC Rehab Center offers physical, occupational, aquatics and speech therapy for those needing rehabilitation care.

Personalized Care

Our wound care professionals will work with you and your referring physician to coordinate care and develop the best course of treatment for you.  When you are referred to the FCHC Wound & Hyperbaric Center, we do a comprehensive physical examination and review of your medical history.  Diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, blood tests, and vascular studies, may be ordered as part of your personalized treatment plan.   Each plan of treatment is individualized to a person’s specific needs. 

Where Are We Located

Our Wound & Hyperbaric Center is located on the main campus of Fulton County Health Center in Suite G-03 of the FCHC North Medical Office Building.  The Medical Office Building is attached to the main hospital.  Parking is just outside the building.  To contact us, call 419-337-7832.  Our fax number is 419-337-7833.