With state-of-the-art equipment and specialized wound care, the Progress West Advanced Wound Center opened five years ago to take a leading role battling a growing healthcare crisis.
Chronic wounds affect approximately 6.7 million people in the US and the number is expected to increase by two percent annually over the next decade. The rising incidence of chronic wounds can also be correlated to diabetes, obesity, vascular disease, an aging population and radiation treatment side-effects which are often underlying causes.
The Advanced Wound Center has provided specialized care for more than 2,000 patients since opening its doors in 2014. The center has also been recognized with the Healogics Center of Distinction (2017) and Center of Excellence (2018) awards for its healing outcomes and high patient satisfaction rates.
The advanced treatments available at the Center include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.
The Center was the first in St. Charles County to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy. During this non-invasive procedure, patients receive treatment laying on a stretcher incased in a large see-through acrylic shell, breathing in one hundred percent oxygen. Breathing in one hundred percent oxygen under pressure dissolves more oxygen in the patient’s blood which then is delivered to those areas that are having trouble healing due to the lack of oxygen in the surrounding tissues. Hyperbaric oxygen medicine may be used to treat wounds related to more than one dozen conditions including diabetic foot ulcers, radiation injuries to tissue and bone, necrotizing infections, compromised skin grafts and skin flaps and some types of arterial insufficiency and ischemia.
For more information on the treatment of chronic wounds, contact the Advanced Wound Center located at 2630 Highway K in O’Fallon, by calling 636.980.5333.