Wound Care

Newton Medical Center is home to the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center, located at 800 Medical Center Drive. We provide patients with specialized and individualized treatment plans based on the type of wound and its underlying cause.

Our team of specialists has specific training in the most advanced techniques available for the treatment of chronic wounds. Led by full-time wound care
provider Marnie Van Becelaere, MD, and Medical Director John McEachern, MD, FACS, our team includes those who specialize in the areas of general surgery, orthopaedic surgery and infectious disease.

They provide multidisciplinary care through nutritional, infectious and vascular evaluations, with subsequent wound care.

Conditions & Treatment

We offer advanced wound treatment for chronic or hard-to-heal wounds, including:

  • Arterial & diabetic ulcers
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Post-operative wounds
  • Pressure ulcers (bed sores)
  • Spider bites
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Venous stasis ulcers (weeping lower legs)

Using state-of-the-art equipment and drawing on the experience of specialists from many fields, we offer:

  • Evaluation and management of non-healing wounds
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Inpatient and outpatient consultations
  • Skin grafting
  • Surgical debridement (removal of tissue)
  • Tissue flaps

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Newton Medical Center offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) as part of a comprehensive wound care program.

HBOT is an advanced form of therapy that uses a pressurized, oxygen-rich environment to trigger the body’s natural wound-healing abilities to function more efficiently. During the therapy sessions, patients breathe pure oxygen at an increased atmospheric pressure while in a hyperbaric chamber.

Typical treatments, which are completely painless, last approximately two hours, A patient’s diagnosis and clinical response often dictate the number of treatments required, which can range from 20 to 40 treatments.

This type of therapy has been proven effective for many medical conditions. The Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center uses HBOT to treat:

  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Crush injuries and skeletal-muscle compartment syndrome
  • Delayed radiation injuries (soft tissue and bony necrosis)
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Refractory osteomyelitis

Emergency HBOT services, such as those listed below, are not offered at Newton Medical Center.

  • Air or gas embolisms
  • Central retinal artery occlusion
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Clostridial myonecrosis (gas gangrene)
  • Decompression sickness
  • Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss
  • Intracranial abscesses
  • Severe anemia
  • Thermal burns

Advanced Biologic Dressings

The Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center uses state-of-the-art advanced biologic dressings in the healing of wounds. Biologic dressings have been shown to achieve a higher rate of wound closure in difficult-to-treat wounds compared with standard treatments. Those used at NMC are naturally derived from human tissue. The primary function of these living cell dressings is to give structural support to new cell growth. They also change a wound’s microenvironment, by stimulating cell growth and inhibiting scar formation.

Wounds treated with biologic dressings include:

  • Burns
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Pyoderma gangrenosum
  • Surgical dehiscence
  • Venous leg ulcers

In addition, all of our providers are specially trained to use advanced biologic dressings.

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