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Wound Care

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Your doctor may refer you to Saint Mary’s Wound Healing Center or you may call us directly to make an appointment.

Most of our treatments are covered by Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs and other private insurance plans.

To learn more about the Wound Healing Center at Saint Mary’s Hospital or to schedule an appointment, call 203-709-3000.

If you have an injury, cut, sore, surgical incision or other wound that hasn’t healed in a reasonable period of time, the experts at Saint Mary’s Wound Healing Center, with over 10 years' experience in the Greater Waterbury area, can help.

Complete Care for Non-Healing Wounds

You can do more than “learn to live with” an open sore or a non-healing wound. While every wound is unique, the physicians and nurses in our Wound Healing Center are equipped to care for non-healing wounds that have resisted traditional treatment.

Our team of medical professionals from many specialties works together to deliver care that has achieved a 96 percent success rate for healing. That’s the fifth highest rate out of 17 wound healing centers in the Northeast. It’s also more than 4% higher than the 92 percent benchmark set by Healogics Inc., one of the most comprehensive wound healing organizations in the United States. Healogics Inc. There's a reason our patients give the Saint Mary's W0und Healing Center a 95% satisfaction rating!

Your doctor may refer you to Saint Mary’s Wound Healing Center or you may call us directly to make an appointment.

"Por Su Salud: Cuidado de heridas"

Our Wound Healing Center and Dr. Alexander Alvarez are featured in a Spanish-language program about your Wound Care resources at Saint Mary's Hospital.

Wound Care Professionals With Advanced Skills

When you choose Saint Mary’s Wound Healing Center, you benefit from our partnership with Healogics Inc., which is is certified in wound care by The Joint Commission, a nationwide independent healthcare accrediting agency.

As a result of this partnership, you can be confident that the special physicians and nurses who deliver your care are trained to perform the most advanced techniques available for wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Your Role in Healing

You play a vital part in the success of your wound treatment. We count on you to carefully follow directions and closely watch your own progress. We help you learn how to care for your wound when you’re at home, including how to change dressings and how to protect yourself from injury. We’re always available to answer your questions and support your healing process.

Wound Care Services & Treatments

At Saint Mary’s, you can count on wound healing services and treatments with proven results. We provide a caring and supportive environment for your care, and most chronic wounds we treat are healed within weeks. Your wound care physician may recommend any of these therapies:

  • Removal of dead or damaged tissue (debridement)
  • Special dressings and wraps to fit your specific situation
  • Bio-engineered tissue substitutes
  • Platelet growth technologies
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

What to Expect at Your Wound Care Appointment

When you call for your first appointment, we’ll ask you a few questions about your wound and your general health.

Before we begin treatment, our team of specialized doctors and nurses  will thoroughly review your health and medical history and evaluate your particular wound. We may conduct tests to tell us more about your blood flow, the level of oxygen reaching your tissues and whether any infection exists.

After we assess your specific needs, we work with your personal physician to develop a treatment plan designed just for you. As part of your program, you’ll visit our Wound Healing Center regularly, where your progress is meticulously documented and adjusted when necessary to help you heal as quickly and safely as possible.

Throughout your healing process, we stay in touch with your personal physician. That assures you of continuing care once your wound is healed and you return to your regular doctor for follow-up visits and ongoing care for related conditions such as diabetes or hypertension.

What to Bring to Your First Appointment

  • List of medications you currently take
  • List of known allergies
  • Your medical records, including X-rays or other images, if you have them
  • Insurance forms or cards

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Breathing 100 percent oxygen delivered under pressure—known as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)—is a painless, proven way to help the body heal from the inside out by growing new blood vessels in damaged tissues.

The clear acrylic HBOT chamber holds a reclining bed where you’re able to listen to music or watch television during treatment. An intercom assures you of constant contact with those outside the chamber. The most common sensation during HBOT is a slight feeling of pressure in the ears, like what you experience when landing at the end of an airplane flight. A typical HBOT session lasts from one-and-a-half to two hours.

Conditions HBOT Can Help

HBOT uses the body’s natural healing processes to treat many conditions, including:

  • Wounds that heal slowly or not at all, such as diabetic ulcers
  • Skin grafts where not enough blood reaches the site
  • Tissues injured during radiation therapy
  • Some types of bone and/or skin infections

Other conditions that may respond to HBOT:

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