The Mid-West Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Wesley Medical Center is dedicated to caring for people who have wounds that have resisted healing. Wounds that have not shown signs of healing after four or more weeks of medical care are considered chronic and would probably benefit from the specialized treatments available at the Mid-West Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine. Our facility features advanced hyperbaric oxygen for patients with bone infections or damaged tissue from radiation therapy.
Patience, perseverance and specialized treatments make all the difference. If you have questions about seeking physician referral, call us at (316) 962-7925.
We typically treat:
- Pressure ulcers
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Arterial ulcers – due to poor blood circulation
- Complicated surgical wounds – related to infections, diabetes, etc.
- Traumatic wounds – related to physical injuries
- Radiation injuries – internal or external
- Brown recluse spider bite wounds
- Wounds related to systemic disease processes – lupus, Buerger’s disease, etc.
Our state-of-the-art facilities are complemented by a highly trained staff of medical professionals. Equally important to our training and expertise is our commitment to providing compassionate care and support to every one of our patients.
Facility and location
The Mid-West Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine is conveniently located on the first floor of Wesley Medical Center's critical care building. It is just steps from a parking lot, ensuring easy accessibility. We have a comfortable reception area, exam rooms, curtained treatment areas and two hyperbaric oxygen units.
Our wound care team evaluates your wound to determine factors that may be affecting the healing process. An individualized plan is developed based on your assessment. The assessment includes:
- A detailed history and physical exam
- Nutritional assessment
- Transcutaneous oxygen measurements to test for tissue oxygenation
- Ankle brachial index to help determine if peripheral arterial disease is present
- Evaluation of pressure relief methods
- Consultations with your family physician and with surgical subspecialists, if needed, to ensure comprehensive care
Debridement is the removal of dead skin or tissue. Debridement may be necessary in order to reduce bacteria in the wound and to heal it. Dead tissue appears yellow or black.
Signs of an infected wound
- Increased pain
- Thick drainage
A tissue culture may be obtained to determine if your wound is infected and to determine which antibiotic will work best.
The four types of debridement
- Sharp: The doctor or nurse uses tweezers, scalpel or scissors to remove yellow or black tissue. Hard skin on the wound edges may also be removed. If debridement is expected, plan to take your pain medicine before the appointment and have someone drive you. If you have feeling in the wound, the area will be numbed with medication.
- Chemical: Chemical debridement is slower and uses application of enzymes in ointment form to remove dead tissue.
- Mechanical: Irrigation or a wet-to-dry dressing is used to remove dead tissue.
- Autolytic: The body will attack the dead tissue on its own over time. This is a very slow process. This will occur naturally under your dressing.
Advanced treatment technologies
Special technologies that may assist the wound in healing more quickly include:
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Apligraf: a synthetically grown skin (graft)
- Dermagraft: a substitute skin used to enhance healing
- Wound VAC: a vacuum-assisted wound closure system
- Regranex: a gel containing growth factors that assist new tissue growth