Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
For people who suffer from chronic wounds, the healing process can be long and frustrating. The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center uses advanced medical techniques to help the healing process for wounds that don’t heal through conventional methods.
Meet the Medical Director
Vivian M. Torres, MD, is the Medical Director of the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine. She is a board-certified vascular surgeon who takes a conservative, holistic, patient-centered approach to care.
Dr. Torres completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras Campus in 2002 where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then went on to study medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine where she earned her Doctor of Medicine in 2006. She completed her vascular surgery residency at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center (DMC) in Detroit, Michigan. She now has a private vascular surgery practice located in Bradenton.
To ensure she stays up to date with the latest advances in her field and can offer the most effective treatments to her patients, Dr. Torres maintains professional affiliations with several professional organizations, including the Society for Vascular Surgery, Florida Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, and Association of Women Surgeons. She has also made numerous contributions to peer-reviewed journals and presentations at professional gatherings.
To better serve her patients, Dr. Torres is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment, call us at 941-782-2830, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm.
Healing Chronic Wounds
There are different types of chronic wounds. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a chronic wound. Some non-healing wounds are associated with complications from diabetes or other vascular-related disorders, such as inadequate blood circulation or poorly functioning veins. Up to 15 percent of the estimated 17 million Americans with diabetes may suffer from chronic wounds. The most common of these wounds are non-healing foot sores, which could lead to amputation if not treated correctly.
Nationally Recognized Wound Care Center
The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine has been recognized with a 2019 Center of Distinction award by Healogics.
Some of the leading causes of non-healing wounds include:
- Pressures sores, such as bedsores
- Venuous insufficiency
- Arterial disease
- Soft tissue radiation injury
Among the medically advanced treatments at The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine are debridement, dressing selection, offloading devices, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) and patient education. The program combines care from many areas including:
- Infectious-disease management
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Laboratory evaluation
- Nutritional management
- Diabetic education
- Radiology testing
- Removal of dead tissue
A Team of Wound Care Specialists
The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine is designed to complement the physician’s services and is committed to the treatment of chronic or non-healing wounds. The staff at the center includes:
- Physicians with advanced training in wound management and HBOT
- Nursing staff trained in the care of chronic wounds and HBOT
- Technicians who perform noninvasive studies and various therapies
- An experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records and health insurance processing
- A personalized wound treatment program
Your First Appointment: What To Expect
You must make an appointment to receive treatment at The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine. Most patients are referred by their primary care physician. During your first appointment, a physician will identify your wound and evaluate your health status to determine what treatment is necessary to help heal your chronic wound.
The size and depth of your wound will be documented during your initial visit, and again during each subsequent visit.
Some of the diagnostic methods that doctors may use in your treatment plan include:
- Laboratory evaluation (wound cultures)
- Radiology (including MRI)
- Transcutaneous oxygen testing
- Vascular studies, electrocardiogram, echocardiogram
- Ultrasound (venous and arterial)
When you begin your treatment plan, you will need to visit the center on a regular basis for specialized treatments and documentation of your healing progress. You will also be educated on how to manage your wounds at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury. It is very important to remember that you are an important part of your healing process. Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome.
Download and fill in the forms below before your first visit:
Physician Referral Form
Physicians: Download a copy of the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine referral form. Please fax completed Physician Referral forms to 941-782-2519.
Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Suite 280
Bradenton, FL 34202
Patient Hours: Monday – Friday: 8 am – 5 pm