If you have a wound that won't heal, you are not alone. Each year, approximately three to five million Americans experience chronic wounds. The good news is that you no longer have to suffer. The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Long Beach Medical Center specializes in treating non-healing wounds with advanced therapies, including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
Left untreated, unhealed wounds can cause serious health risks, including life-threatening infections, possible amputation and other debilitating health problems. The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Long Beach Medical Center uses the latest treatment protocols and a comprehensive approach to heal wounds, prevent loss of limbs, and reduce the risk of recurrence by addressing the underlying causes of the wound.
Our care is comprehensive; we offer:
• Advanced wound care therapies, including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
• Individualized treatment plan using the most effective treatments for your individual needs
• Assessment, education and ongoing care by our highly-skilled team of wound care specialists
• Thorough training for you and your family on caring for the wound and preventing relapses.
Our team of specialists
Under the direction of Michael Castellano, M.D., board-certified surgeon with specialty certification in Hyperbaric Medicine, Long Beach Medical Center's Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of experts that include vascular and general surgeons, podiatrists, endocrinologists, plastic surgeons, pain management specialists, nurses, and hyperbaric technicians. All are trained in wound care and hyperbaric medicine and participate in ongoing continuing education courses to maintain leading-edge knowledge.
Support services such as our Diabetes Education Center and physical and occupational therapists can help enhance your progress with adjunct care and education, if needed.
Together, and in close communication with your primary care provider, our team of experts will develop an individualized treatment plan using a variety of therapies to achieve your best possible outcome.
Are You a Candidate for Wound Care?
Hard-to-heal wounds occur from a variety of reasons, including diabetes, poor circulation, or damage from radiation treatments. They can lead to pain, infection, gangrene or even amputation. The Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center at Long Beach Medical Center provides comprehensive care for many types of wounds, including:
• non-healing infected wounds (especially in diabetes)
• bone infections (osteomyelitis)
• chronic circulatory problems
• tissue damaged by radiation therapy
• crush wounds
• carbon monoxide poisoning
At your first visit, team members provide an assessment of your wound or surgical problem, including an evaluation of the underlying factors contributing to impaired or slow healing. These factors may include poor blood supply, pressure, swelling, trauma, infection and poor nutrition.
From here, our team will develop an individualized treatment plan that integrates wound-care management, education and support services.
As your wound heals, we will create a maintenance plan to help prevent reoccurrence. This may include education and support, as well as additional medical supplies such as compression stockings or specialty shoes.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – helping the body to heal itself.
A unique feature of The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Long Beach Medical Center is the availability of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). HBOT is a medical treatment that enhances the body’s natural healing and strengthens the immune system via the inhalation of 100% oxygen.
Breathing 100% oxygen n a hyperbaric chamber (at greater than atmospheric /sea level pressure) provides increased oxygen supply to all of the body’s tissues. This improves the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces local swelling, and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly in the affected are of the body.
During hyperbaric treatment, patients comfortably lie in a temperature-controlled, full-view body chamber. Our two state-of-the-art Sechrest chambers feature full-length acrylic observation windows offering patients a non-claustrophobic 180-degree view. It also offers two-way communication with the hyperbaric technician for optimal comfort and safety.
Patients may nap or watch television during their treatment, which typically lasts 60 to 90 minutes. Throughout the treatment session, patients are monitored by a trained technician.
Will I benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is effective for a number of medical and surgical conditions, either as a primary treatment or as a supplement to antibiotics, surgery and localized wound care. As part of your wound assessment, you will be evaluated to determine if you would benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy.
Fees and Insurances
The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Long Beach Medical Center accepts most insurances, including Medicare and managed care plans. Our staff will be happy to work with you in determining your insurance coverage and options. To speak with a representative, please call (516) 897-4344.
Assistance with transpiration can be arranged for eligible patients.
The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center is open from 8:00 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday. Other hours are available by special appointment.
Licensed and Accredited
Proudly licensed by the NYS Department of Health and accredited by The Joint Commission, having met their standards of excellence.
For more information on wound care services or to schedule an appointment, please call The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Long Beach Medical Center at 516-897-4344.
Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center
at Long Beach Medical Center
2nd Floor - Main Building
455 E. Bay Drive
Long Beach, NY 11561