San Antonio Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
Chronic Wound Treatment & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Bexar County
We are proud to offer our patients treatment at our Nix Wound Care and
Hyperbaric Medicine Center, which has received accreditation with distinction
from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. When you choose Nix,
you receive advanced, cutting-edge care personalized to your unique health needs.
What Is a Chronic Wound?
Most humans sustain wounds several times throughout the course of their
lives. Sometimes these are non-penetrating, such as a small surface-level
scrape or bruise in which blood and dead cells accumulate under the skin.
Others are deeper and more serious, like those resulting from surgical
procedures or stabbings. Wounds can even come from burns, chemical exposure,
animal bites or stings, or electrocution.
The body is designed to heal itself in stages, forming a protective layer
over an open wounds and sending oxygen-filled blood to help repair and
rebuild until the area is as good as new. Some people experience complications
during this process, often resulting in a chronic wound that will not
or is especially slow to heal.
Factors and complications that may result in chronic wounds:
- Infection at the site
- Advanced age
- Poor blood flow or circulation
- Extreme stress levels
- Heavy alcohol and/or tobacco use
- Certain medications
Specialized Chronic Wound Care at Nix Health
For some people, especially those with any combination of the above complicating
factors, chronic wounds may take months or years to heal, or may not heal
at all. At Nix, we focus on treating the patient as a whole, working to
improve any underlying complications, assisting with pain management,
and administering wound care and treatment.
Chronic wound treatment may include:
- Routine cleaning and redressing
- Heat therapy to increase blood flow
- Antibiotics to ward off infection
- Specialized or vacuum-assisted dressings
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in San Antonio
Some chronic wounds respond very well to hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Nix
is pleased to be able to offer this specialized therapy to our patients
who are appropriate candidates. During this therapy, patients are exposed
to 100% oxygen pressurized two to three times higher than the normal air
pressure. Since wounds require oxygen to heal, the heightened exposure
from this therapy leads to more oxygen in the blood, and can often promote
or accelerate the healing process.
Notes about hyperbaric oxygen therapy:
- Sessions lengths can vary from 30 min. to two hours
- Number of sessions depends on severity and response of wound
- Mild discomfort or ear-popping is normal
- Rare but possible side effects include oxygen toxicity or decompression sickness
- Fatigue or lightheadedness may occur, but should resolve quickly
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used to treat an assortment of other maladies
in addition to chronic wounds.
You may benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy if you have:
- Severe anemia
- Arterial gas embolism
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Sudden deafness
- Sudden vision loss
- Brain abscess
Talk to your doctor about whether you may be a candidate for hyperbaric