Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine

Wound Care

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.

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.

Some of the leading causes of non-healing wounds include:

  • Infection
  • Diabetes
  • Pressures sores, such as bedsores
  • Trauma
  • 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
Hyperbaric Medicine

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.

Patient Forms

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. After you complete the form, you can return it to Mario Garruto.

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Contact Information

Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine
8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Suite 280
Bradenton, FL 34202

Phone: 941-782-2830
Fax: 941-782-2519
Patient Hours: Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.