Wound Care (Hyperbaric Therapy)
Specialized Care to Help Heal Your Wounds
Do you suffer from a slow-healing wound due to diabetes, poor circulation, a severe cut, or trauma?
Do recurrent wounds prevent you from doing the things you want to do?
Have you lost hope that you will find relief for your non-healing wound?
We help speed up the healing process for patients suffering from severe wounds.
Many of our patients come to us after they’ve exhausted all other options for their wound care. Even in severe cases, perhaps when amputation appears to be the only choice, we encourage you tomeet with us to talk about your medical condition. We treat the whole person, not just the wound. You are an important part of the healing process, as wound care often requires a commitment to a seriesof treatments over a period of time.
Medicine Can Help
Effective treatments can help heal wounds. Our team of dedicated wound care specialists includes doctors, nurses, therapists, and other medical professionals. Together they use the latest treatments so you feel better and get back to enjoying life.
What to Expect While You’re in Our Care
- During your first appointment, we’ll learn about your health history. We will recommend and perform tests.
- We’ll develop an individualized plan for your care and discuss the plan with you. We will also update and include your primary care doctor at your request.
- You will begin a treatment plan tailored to your needs, which may include specialized wound treatments, medications, nutritional support, exercise, or physical therapy.
- Your healing will be closely monitored until you are released from our care.
Advanced Treatment Options
As specialists in wound care, we have experience with cutting-edge products and treatments to promote optimum healing.
- Our equipment measures the rate of blood flow and oxygen within the skin, both important indicators of your overall skin health
- We use products that are scientifically engineered to support tissue growth
- We are trained to preform skin graft substitutes like Apligraf®, Dermagraft®, and others
- We protect and heal tissues with specialized dressings
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Physicians have used hyperbaric medicine since the 1800s to successfully treat a variety of conditions. Medicare recognizes hyperbaric medicine as a reimbursable treatment for many diagnoses, including:
- Bone infections that are nonresponsive to other treatments (refractory osteomyelitis)
- Difficult-to-heal skin grafts or surgical flaps
- Gas gangrene (clostridial myonecrosis)
- “Lumpy jaw” (actinomycosis), a bacterial infection typically affecting the face and neck
- Radiation tissue damage (osteoradionecrosis)
- Severe anemia
- Severe bacterial infection (necrotizing soft-tissue infection)
- Thermal burns
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy exposes your body to 100% oxygen in a pressurized environment, helping to heal damaged tissue by:
- Promoting the creation of new blood vessels
- Saturating the bloodstream with 100% rich oxygen
- Enhancing your body’s ability to fight infection and kill bacteria
- Reducing swelling and inflammation
- Reducing toxins and metabolic waste
- Improving the rate of healing
Meet Our Care Team
The physicians and associates at the Lakeland Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine have specialized training in this type of medicine. Our lead physicians are board-certified in Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine.
Jose Gomez, MD
Laurence Habenicht, MD
John Howard, MD
Julian Lewiecki, MSA
Linda Mills, RN, BSN, CWS
Learn More from One of Our Patients
Mary,* of southwest Michigan, was just hours away from a scheduled amputation of her big toe at a northern Indiana hospital when she came to the team at the Lakeland Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine for a second opinion. Not willing to accept amputation as the only option for her non-healing diabetic wound, Mary had followed the recommendation of a family member who had received care at the Lakeland facility. Mary said the physicians and staff remained positive as they listened to her, explained the recommended treatment for her, and made her feel comfortable. In Mary’s case, treatment included minor surgery on her toe to remove the infected tissue, antibiotics, and treatments in the hyperbaric oxygen chamber. “They did phenomenal work,” said Mary of Drs. Gomez and Habenicht and the other members of her care team. “They were very understanding. I love the staff there, and I appreciate their education, values, and compassion.”
* Name changed to respect privacy of patient.
Lakeland Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine
Lakeland Medical Suites, Niles
42 N. St. Joseph Avenue, Suite 103
Niles, Michigan 49120
Many health plans cover wound care treatment.We’re happy to research your insurance coverage and help with any travel assistance you may need.