Nearly six million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds. There are many different types of wounds. Some are associated with complications from diabetes and other related vascular disorders. Other types include pressure sores and traumatic wounds. It can be very frustrating and time consuming to heal these wounds.

Consider these statistics:

  • 18.2 million Americans (6.3% of the population have diabetes)
  • 18.3% of people over age 60 have diabetes
  • 15% of those with diabetics will develop chronic wounds
  • Patients with diabetes have a 15-fold increase in the risk of amputation
  • Approximately 82,000 diabetics will undergo amputation each year

There is hope. If you have a wound that is not responding within 4 weeks of conventional treatment, we have specialized clinicians and advanced services to assist in healing your problem wound. Studies show that wound care treatment facilities have reduced amputation rates and the length of hospital stays.

On your first visit, you will have a comprehensive physical and diagnostic evaluation to identify the type of wound you have and the underlying problems causing it. Tests may include radiology and vascular studies, laboratory and transcutaneous oxygen testing.

Nearly six million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds. There are many reasons why a wound may not heal including infection, lack of adequate blood flow, pressure and/or repeated injury to the wound, and medical conditions including diabetes mellitus, kidney disease, malnutrition, and anemia.

We offer advanced assessment and treatment options to meet your health needs for wounds resulting from:

  • Diabetic Ulcers
  • Arterial Ulcers
  • Trauma Wounds / Crush Injuries
  • Burns
  • Complex Soft Tissue Wounds
  • Compromised Skin Grafts And Flaps
  • Radiation Tissue Damage
  • Gangrene
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infections)
  • Soft tissue infections
  • Osteoradionecrosis (rare side effect that develops some time after radiation therapy has ended. It usually occurs in the lower jaw)
  • Problem Surgical Wounds

Advanced Treatment and Services

Once the cause of the slow-to-heal wound is determined, our center utilizes advanced treatment to promote wound healing.

  • Wound debridement
  • Compression therapy
  • Negative pressure therapy
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Total contact casting
  • Specialty dressings
  • Topical wound therapy
  • Growth factors and bio-engineered tissue products
  • Skin grafting
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Coordination of specialty services including home health, nutritional counseling, physical therapy, occupational therapy, orthotics
  • Patient education

When to See a Specialist

  • Anytime you have a wound that has not healed in 30 days
  • Anytime you have a wound below the knee if you have diabetes
  • Anytime you have a wound below the knee if you have circulation problems
  • Anytime you have a wound if you have lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or scleroderma

Wound Care Services

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

A treatment in which the patient breathes 100% oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. The treatment quickly delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream, assists in the healing process of wounds and is effective in fighting certain types of infections. It also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and improves circulation. A treatment profile is administered daily and the number of treatments you receive will depend on your diagnosis.

Demetruis's Story

Lingering wounds need special attention. The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System specializes in getting rid of them once and for all.
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Mark's Story

The convenience of outpatient wound care at one of CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System’s newest location helped Mark Conner stay on the job.
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