Wound Care FAQs
Q: When should I seek a Wound physician?
A: If there is any doubt about the severity of the wound, consult your wound doctor right away. Some indications displaying the severity can include but not limited to:
- Pus, cloudy, bloody or creamy discharge
- Irritation or redness around the wound
- Wound hasn’t healed within 10-15 days
- No tetanus shot in the last 5 years with a deep wound
- Increased swelling and pain within 48 hours appearance of the wound
Q: What problems can potentially occur if a wound goes untreated?
A: If a wound were to be left untreated, there is room for dangerous infections, gangrene, and the worst case scenario being amputation. These infections may also lead to sepsis and death.
Q: What is an acute wound?
A: An acute wound is nothing but an injury to the skin that has rapidly occurred. It follows an expected rate of healing and can be caused by contacting rough or sharp surfaces which damages the skin or underlying tissue. Acute wounds can include lacerations, abrasions, incisions, burns, and even puncture wounds
Q: What is a chronic wound?
A: Any acute wound can have a possibility of progressing into a chronic wound. When there is no significant improvement of healing within about 2-3 weeks, the wound has likely entered the chronic stage and will require serious medical attention. Increased exposure to bacteria, pressure on the affected area, or even lack of blood supply can all cause chronic wounds. Incorrect treatment or poorly performed procedures may also stall the healing process. VAYU Wound Clinic & Hyperbarics has trusted professionals who make sure that your wound is healed, ready for you to get back to your normal life.
Q: What procedures are offered at Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic & Hyperbarics?
A: Any diagnostic, medical & surgical procedures required to diagnose, treat & manage chronic wound are offered at our clinic.
Dr.Badam Brings 15 years of clinical & procedural experience. List include but not limited to the following when medical necessary.
- Comprehensive Wound Assessments including Smart ABI
- Wound Debridements
- Abscess Drainage (I & D)
- Chemical Cauterization
- Tissue Cultures and tissue biopsy
- Total Contact Casting/ offloading casting
- Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
- Cellular tissue based wound products
- Split Skin Grafting
- Advanced Wound Healing products appropriate for your wounds.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
What is HBOT?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, also commonly referred to as HBOT, is a painless therapy involving breathing pure oxygen while in a pressurized environment. HBOT can be used as an established treatment for a wide range of medical conditions.
Is HBOT right for you?
In a HBOT chamber, the air pressure is increased two to three times more than normal air pressure. When your body is under these circumstances, your lungs gather tons more oxygen compared to breathing pure oxygen at a normal air pressure. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy significantly increases the amount of oxygen your blood carries. The temporary high oxygen level environment your body is under encourages normal tissue oxygen levels even after therapy is completed.
- Decreased swelling and inflammation
- Encourages new blood vessel growth (Angiogenesis)
- Enhanced rate of healing
- Increases ability to fight infection
- Promotes stem cell growth, allowing the body to quickly replace damaged cells
There are currently 14 conditions that are UHMS/CMS approved for treatment. These approved conditions include:
- Intracranial abscess
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Osteomyelitis (refractory)/chronic diabetic wounds
- Delayed radiation injury (soft tissue and bony necrosis)
- Compromised grafts and flaps
- Acute thermal burn injury
- Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss
- Air or gas embolism
- Arterial insufficiencies (such as central retinal artery occlusion)
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Clostridial myositis and myonecrosis (gas gangrene)
- Crush injuries, compartment syndrome, and other acute traumatic ischemia
- Decompression sickness
- Severe anemia
Q: How can I make an appointment?
A: Click the link below to schedule an appointment today. Schedule Appointment
Q: How many treatments/sessions will I need?
A: Dr. Badam will create a treatment plan based on your medical conditions. Majority of diagnosed conditions require a range between 10-40 treatments, and can be more depending on the severity of the case. A treatment session commonly lasts 90-110 minutes and is administered once daily, 5 days a week.
Q: Can I eat or take any medications prior to treatment?
A: Yes, you will be able to eat and take your medications. Based on your medical conditions, Dr.Badam will discuss in detail during your consultation.
Q: Can a treatment be stopped at any time?
A: The hyperbaric technician will have full control over the chamber, and a session can be stopped at any time if needed.
Q: What is not allowed into the chamber?
A: Perfumes, lotions, hair products, nail polish, hearing aids, cell phones, perfume/cologne, and any combustible items are prohibited when coming in for treatment. Please wear 100% cotton undergarments. We will discuss more in depth during the consultation & provide you with reading material.
Q: What can/should I wear?
A: We will provide comfortable cotton garments to wear during therapy. Prior to treatment, we highly recommend taking a shower, drying off, and directly wearing the clothes given.
Q: What does being in the chamber feel like?
A: It may feel similar to an airplane taking off and landing. Compression periods can cause slight pressure in the ears. Furthermore, there might be warm air at the beginning of the treatment, and cooler air towards the end.
Q: What can I do while I am inside the chamber?
A: Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic & Hyperbarics is equipped with state-of-the art chambers. The chambers come with video entertainment systems to watch any shows or movies preferred. Listening to music, napping, or simply just relaxing are other common things to do.
Q: Are there any side effects?
A: The rates of complications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy are extremely low. Potentially serious effects include but are not limited to: trauma to the middle ear, eyes, lungs, brain, as well as claustrophobia.
Q: Does the HBOT require someone to drive me to/from treatment sessions?
A: It is not necessary, HBOT is a non-invasive treatment that does not use sedatives or other altering medications. Anyone can drive themselves to and from treatment, unless otherwise unable to do so.
Q: What kind of training do the Hyperbaric technicians have?
A: The hyperbaric technicians at Vayu advanced Wound Clinic & Hyperbarics are certified hyperbaric technicians with years of clinical experience. It is compulsory for the hyperbaric technicians to work in accordance with the supervision of Dr. Badam at all times.
Q: What if I am claustrophobic?
A: The chamber includes a clear tube allowing the patient to be capable of viewing their surroundings. Most patients, however, do not have trouble especially after getting used to their environment after several treatment sessions.
Q: Are there any off-label conditions that can benefit from HBOT?
A: There are a quite a few conditions that have had several studies showing that HBOT significantly improves the severity of them.
The following medical conditions have not been approved by the FDA, and most of these off-label conditions are not covered by insurance. Self-pay for these treatments will be provided
- Crohn’s Disease
- Long Hauler’s syndrome
- Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
- Lyme Disease
- Complex Regional Pain
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Migraine headaches
- Altitude sickness
- Anti-aging, health & well-being
- Auto-immune illnesses/unwanted inflammation
- Chronic fatigue illness
- Chronic infections
- Cosmetic complications
- Cytokine storm
- Delayed wound-healing
- Dementia/Cognitive decline
- Detox & wellness
- Erectile dysfunctions
- Muscular dystrophy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Pre & Post surgery conditioning
- Radiation necrosis
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
- Spinal cord injury
- Post-surgical inflammation
- Post coronary stenting
- Ulcerative colitis
- Radiation proctitis
Q: Is HBOT safe?
A: HBOT has been approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration to treat non-healing wounds and a variety of other medical conditions. There is an extremely low risk (<1%) for serious side effects since treatment at Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic & Hyperbarics is operated by a licensed hyperbaric technician & directly supervised by Dr.Badam.
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