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Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center

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Patients

406-238-5618
800-332-7156

Referring Physicians

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For most people, wound healing is a natural, uneventful process. For some, it can become a complex medical problem requiring specialized medical treatment.

If you suffer with a hard-to-heal wound such as pressure ulcers (sores), diabetic foot ulcers, surgical wounds, wounds caused by infections, traumatic wounds, and wounds due to circulatory problems, Billings Clinic's Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center may be able to help.

Our wound care specialists provide a comprehensive approach for the management of complex wound healing. Each patient receives an individualized plan of care to help heal these complicated wounds. The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center treats both adult and pediatric patients.

Wound Care Specialists

Our team of specialists have advanced training in wound management. Dr. Mark Morasch, vascular surgeon, is the Medical Director of the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center and the team of specialists includes:

  • An infectious disease physician team
  • Two podiatrists
  • Two cardiovascular surgeons
  • Two nurse practitioners
  • Three cardiovascular physician assistants
  • Wound care and hyperbaric therapy nurses, technicians and medical assistants who are specialty trained in the care of chronic wounds
  • In addition, your primary care physician is an integral part of the wound and hyperbaric medicine team and will be communicated with regularly during your treatment.

Wounds We Treat

  • All non-healing problem wounds for both adult and pediatric patients
  • Arterial insufficiency ulcers
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Fungating cancerous lesions - lesions with breaks on the skin or surface of an organ
  • Post-traumatic wounds
  • Pressure ulcers (sores)
  • Post-operative wound complications
  • Radiation exposure wounds
  • Rare dermatological cases such as pyoderma gangrenosum, calciphylaxis
  • Surgical wounds
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Venous stasis ulcers and arterial ulcers
  • Wounds caused by infections
  • Wounds due to circulatory problems
  • First and second degree burns and follow-up post hospitalization for outpatient burn care

Types of Treatment

  • Simple dressing changes
  • Vacuum assisted closure - applies sub-atmospheric pressure directly to the wound site and increases blood flow to aid in healing
  • Topical growth factors - gels or creams applied to a wound that stimulates healing
  • Debridement - a procedure where dead tissue is removed so the remaining viable tissue can adequately heal
  • Bioengineered skin substitute - a graft containing health agents that is place directly on the wound surface to promote healing
  • Compression therapy - the use of a range of compression therapies with varying levels of pressure to improve the circulation of blood
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: two state-of-the-art outpatient, monoplaced hyperbaric chambers that deliver 100% oxygen under elevated pressure to the patient's full body.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

< Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers

One of Two Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) accelerates the body's natural healing process by increasing the amound of oxygen in the blood. Treatment takes place in a sealed chamber where oxygen and pressure are steadily increased.

Body tissue needs a sufficient amount of oxygen in order to function properly. Tissue that is injured requires even more oxygen in order to heal. Many difficult-to-heal wounds are deprived of oxygen (hypoxic). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy speeds up the healing process by delivering oxygen to these injured areas.

Preparing for Treatment

Our hyperbaric medicine team will review the following information in detail with you to ensure that you're properly prepared for each treatment session. We provide hyperbaric treatment options for both adult and pediatric patients.

Products and Medications to Avoid

Substances like caffeine and tobacco shrink blood vessels and restrict the amount of blood that can be delivered to your tissue. Thus, during your treatment we recommend that you avoid caffeine and tobacco.

Some medications can affect the way your body responds to oxygen. Before receiving hyperbaric treatment it's important that you discuss any and all medications you are taking.

For your Safety

We restrict certain items from entering the chamber. These include:

  • makeup
  • all metal objects such as jewelry
  • hairspray
  • perfume
  • cigarettes
  • matches and lighters
  • vaseline or any other petroleum-based products
  • personal electronic devices

Most skin care products are petroleum based, so please check with the hyperbaric staff before using any lotion or other product prior to treatment.

You will given a hospital gown to wear during your treatment to reduce the potential for static electricity.

The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center team also provides referral resources for physical therapy to assist with lymphedema and venous insufficiency as well as referral resources for vascular wounds.

Locations

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If you have health questions or need assistance finding a physician who is right for you, talk to our registered nurses at HealthLine.

406-255-8400 or 800-252-1246