Wound care center in Myrtle Beach
A non-healing wound can impact your quality of life, but the experts at Grand Strand Health are here to help. We offer comprehensive wound care services at our advanced wound center in Myrtle Beach. The Advanced Wound Center is located inside South Strand Medical Center.
Fore more information about wound care, reach out to our Consult-A-Nurse team at (843) 692-4444.
Types of wounds we treat
Our wound care specialists do everything possible to set you up for successful healing. We provide education about proper wound care, signs of complications and ways to prevent wounds or infections from recurring. We treat acute and chronic wounds, including:
- Degloving (severe skin tear that affects blood flow)
- Diabetic wounds, including leg and foot wounds
- Non-healing surgical wounds
- Other conditions causing wounds, such as bites and infections
- Pressure and vascular ulcers
- Recurring wounds
- Traumatic injuries that impact blood supply to tissues
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Wounds associated with lymphedema
Wound care treatment and support
Proper wound care reduces amputation rates and hospital stays. Our comprehensive approach to treatment includes:
- Complete medical history and wound assessment
- Compression therapy and physical rehabilitation
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
- Patient and caregiver education
- Wound protection and management
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)
HBOT delivers high concentrations of 100% oxygen into the bloodstream. Breathing O2 under pressure helps deliver oxygen to areas struggling to heal due to a lack of O2 in the surrounding tissues. HBOT:
- Facilitates the healing process
- Is effective in fighting certain types of infections
- Stimulates the growth of new blood vessels, which can improve circulation
Wounds that benefit from HBOT
HBOT improves the healing of wounds—especially those that are difficult to heal or affected by severe soft tissue infections. HBOT may be used to treat:
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Central retinal artery occlusion (sudden vision caused by artery blockage in the retina)
- Chronic bone infections (chronic refractory osteomyelitis)
- Crush injuries
- Injuries to skin or bone as a side effect of radiation therapy
- Non-healing skin grafts and flaps
- Non-healing wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers
- Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (hearing loss caused by nerve damage to the inner ear)
What to expect during HBOT
Our goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your session. HBOT lasts approximately two hours. Your wound care team will carefully monitor your progress throughout treatment.
The only sensation you will experience is during pressurization, which is the beginning stage of treatment. The slowly increasing pressure will push on your eardrums, similar to the feeling you would experience when landing during a flight or diving to the bottom of a pool. Your wound care specialist will go over some ways to relieve this pressure.
Side effects of HBOT vary and may include a temporary change in your vision. Do not change your eyewear prescription during or immediately after therapy.