Sentara Wound Healing Center Opens

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On Thursday, June 21, Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center officially unveiled its newly renovated and expanded Sentara Wound Healing Center during a ribbon cutting.

The Sentara Wound Healing Center has a history of offering its patients a comprehensive, specialized team approach in dealing with non-healing and difficult to heal wounds. This recent renovation permits easier access for patients and staff with larger doorways and halls. The expansion also includes more storage space and room for the introduction of an advanced treatment option, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

The addition of Sentara Wound Healing Center’s two hyperbaric oxygen chambers will allow new
opportunities for patients with slow healing, hard to treat wounds. In Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, patients receive daily treatments of 100% oxygen delivered under pressure.

The purpose of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is to promote healing in wounds which are stalling like areas treated with radiation or because of a systemic disease such as diabetes. By breathing this 100% oxygen, wounds heal quicker, opening diseased or injured blood vessels.

For patients like Larry Boomer, an amputee and diabetic who has been fighting slow-healing wounds for
years, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has given him a new lease on life. “In the short time I’ve been doing this treatment, my wounds have healed up so amazingly. I had surgery on my foot and had a wound which was open for six months. Now, within 34 days, the wound is just about completely closed. I’m just amazed!” said Boomer.

The state-of-the-art Sentara Wound Healing Center brings together a diverse team of doctors and specialists who work with a patient’s own physicians to develop a customized treatment plan and provide expert care for hard to treat wounds.

If you or a loved one has a wound that just won’t heal, don’t hesitate. Contact the Sentara Wound Healing Center: 703-523-0660.

By Prince William Living


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