Here at Torrance Memorial Medical Center’s Burn, Wound and Amputation Prevention Center, we offer a unique and highly effective collaborative approach to limb preservation. Our highly trained and experienced staff utilizes the latest and most advanced technologies currently available with the goal of, whenever possible, preserving lower limbs from being amputated.

Wound-healing treatment has two primary goals: Restoring blood flow, to bring oxygen-rich blood to the site of the wound to promote healing, and activating white blood cells, which help the body fight infection.

State-of-the-Art Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Therapy

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one of the most effective wound-healing treatments now available. When you have hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you lie comfortably inside a specially designed chamber where you’ll breathe 100% pure oxygen. The air pressure inside the chamber is about two and a half times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere. Delivering this “hyperbaric” (or high pressure) dose of oxygen helps your blood carry more oxygen throughout your body. Oxygenated blood promotes wound healing while also activating your white blood cells to fight infection.

HBO can be the primary treatment or it can be used in combination with other treatments. HBO therapy is an outpatient procedure that is provided once daily, for approximately four to six weeks. One treatment takes about two hours and is quite comfortable. Most patients read, listen to music or watch television while receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy; some find the treatment so comfortable that they nap.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used to treat the following types of wounds:

  • Non-healing wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers
  • Chronic bone infection (chronic refractory osteomyelitis)
  • Injury to skin or bone as a side effect from radiation therapy
  • Non-healing skin grafts and flaps
  • Crush injuries
  • Bubbles of air or gas in your blood (embolism)
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Sudden hearing or vision loss

For some patients, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the only treatment required to help wounds heal. Other times, patients require one or several other types of wound treatment.

Advanced Wound Healing Therapies

We offer the full continuum of advanced wound healing therapies, including cutting edge diagnostics. Available treatments include:

  • Bioengineered skin substitutes
  • Debridement (removal of dead tissue)
  • Foot reconstruction
  • Skin grafting
  • Wound closure

To learn more about treatments available at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center Burn, Wound and Amputation Prevention Center, please call us at 310-517-4736.