Wound Care Clinic at O’Connor Hospital
Chronic, non-healing wounds can be painful and debilitating. At O’Connor Hospital, our Wound Care Clinic’s skilled team has extensive expertise and uses the most advanced equipment to heal wounds. In fact, we have a successful healing rate of more than 90 percent.
At our Wound Care Clinic, you receive:
- Award-winning care: We are a Joint Commission Certified Center of Excellence for Wound Care and an Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society Certified Hyperbaric Department. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps heal wounds, fight infection, stimulate the growth of new blood vessels and improve circulation.
- The most advanced treatments: We are 1 of only 2 hospitals in Northern California to use the LUNA Laser system, a tool used for diagnosing and treating slow-healing wounds. Additionally, O’Connor is a training site for two innovative wound healing treatment technologies, Apligraf and SNaP (Smart Negative Air Pressure).
- An experienced team of specialists: A variety of diseases and issues cause chronic, non-healing wounds. Determining their cause and developing the most effective and quickest course of treatment requires a team of experts from different fields. Our team includes:
- Vascular surgeons
- General surgeons
- Plastic surgeons
- Orthopedic surgeons
- Infectious disease specialists
- A private treatment room: O’Connor’s Wound Care Clinic has 18 private treatment rooms so that you can heal and receive treatment discreetly.
If you have a wound that has not healed in 3 or 4 weeks, make an appointment for an evaluation. If you have a wound and you have diabetes or have circulation problems, call right away. Our experts provide individualized care to determine the cause of the wound and reasons that it’s not healing.
An evaluation includes a:
- Medical history
- Physical exam
- Comprehensive wound assessment
Ulcers are common types of chronic, non-healing wounds. Patients with impaired sensation, prolonged periods of immobility, or advanced age often suffer from ulcers.
At O’Connor, we treat the following types of ulcers:
- Diabetic ulcers: If you have diabetes, you may be prone to foot ulcers since you may not have protective sensation on your feet. Causes of foot ulcers include excessive pressure or rubbing against the skin that may result from wearing ill-fitting shoes or walking barefoot.
- Pressure ulcers: Bedridden patients, paraplegics and quadriplegics are at increased risk of developing pressure ulcers. Pressure ulcers are most common over the buttocks, hips, spine, shoulder, ankles and heels.
- Traumatic ulcers: Trauma or injury to the body may result in a loss of tissue layers and damage to or loss of body parts or organs. Trauma may also compromise the arterial, venous or lymphatic systems of the body.
- Ulcers due to arterial insufficiency: Complete or partial arterial blockage can lead to ulcers. If you have arterial disease, you may have tests to measure blood flow or to locate a blockage in your arteries.
- Venous ulcers: These ulcers are usually a symptom of venous disease, where the veins in your legs are compromised, causing blood to build up. Typical venous ulcers appear near the ankle and are often painful.
Advanced Wound Treatments
The Wound Care Clinic provides ongoing care to quickly heal the wound and relieve pain.
A treatment plan includes:
- Wound cleansing
- Specialty wound dressing
- Functional and nutrition assessment
- Innovative wound healing technology
Advanced treatments and technologies include:
- Ostomy surgery: This type of surgery, for patients with certain gastrointestinal conditions, creates an opening in the abdomen called a stoma as a way for waste products to leave the body. Because of the change of body function post-surgery, we offer counseling, patient and family education as well as an Ostomy Support Group. Examples of this surgery include:
- Colostomy, in which a part of the colon gets diverted through a stoma
- Ileostomy, in which the ileum (the smallest part of the colon) gets diverted through a stoma
- Urostomy, in which urine gets directed away from the bladder
- Ileal conduit, another method to direct urine away from the bladder
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy: Patients breathe 100 percent pure oxygen while in a highly pressurized chamber. This therapy increases the amount of oxygen that can be delivered through the bloodstream to help heal injured tissue. At O’Connor, we use hyperbaric medicine to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Crush injuries
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections, a severe type of bacterial infection
- Osteomyelitis, a severe bone infection
- Radiation tissue damage
- Skin grafts and flaps
- Diabetic wounds of the lower extremity
- Acute traumatic injury
- LUNA Laser: When the blood flow to extremities is reduced or compromised, wounds are not able to heal properly. A LUNA laser captures live images of a patient’s blood flow using a fluorescent substance as it moves toward the wound area. These images help physicians diagnose and treat slow-healing wounds.
- Apligraf: This skin substitute contains two layers of human living cells and is used on unresponsive wounds. It delivers cells, collagen matrix and other proteins to the wound to promote healing.
- SNaP (Smart Negative Air Pressure): SNaP is a portable motorized device that delivers negative air pressure, a proven method to heal wounds, to small, unresponsive wounds.
For more information about our wound care services or to make an appointment, call 408.947.2804.
For more information about the Ostomy Support Group, call 408.532.0440.
Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 pm.
Forest Medical Arts Building
125 Ciro Avenue, Suite #201
San Jose, CA 95128