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Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

Roper St. Francis Healthcare has the Lowcountry’s most comprehensive wound care program. We offer the latest testing and treatment options, including state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

We believe in providing personalized and compassionate wound care to every patient. Our goal is to improve your healing and help you feel better, so you can get back to doing what you love.

nurse wrapping a patient's wound

Conditions we treat

If a wound doesn’t heal within 30 days, we consider it a non-healing (chronic) wound. Our program treats all kinds of complex, non-healing wounds, including:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Radiation therapy wounds
  • Surgical incisions
  • Wounds caused by poor circulation

Treatments we offer

Every patient is unique, which means every patient’s wound is unique. With that in mind, we take a personalized approach to treatment and develop a plan that fits your specific needs.

Before starting treatment, we’ll sit down with you for a thorough evaluation to learn more about your health history. In some cases, we may ask you to undergo tests before starting treatment, such as diagnostic imaging or vascular testing. All of our wound care treatment and testing services are available under one roof, so you don’t have to worry about traveling to multiple locations for care.

Our program focuses on the latest evidence-based treatments for chronic wounds, including:

  • Compression therapy
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Negative-pressure wound therapy
  • Skin substitutes
  • State-of-the-art dressings

Most patients who need wound care will visit us once a week for treatment. It’s important that you stay involved with your care, so we’ll make sure to answer any questions and show you how to care for your wound.

Our team will also use these visits to check up on your overall health and talk with you about diabetes management, healthy eating and exercise. We can also coordinate referrals to our Diabetes Education Center if needed.


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

The Roper St. Francis Hyperbaric and Undersea Medicine Program is accredited with distinction by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society. This accreditation certifies our expertise, positive patient outcomes and dedication to evidence-based treatment.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments help increase the oxygen flow in your body’s tissue, which improves healing. We deliver this treatment in a special chamber that has 100% oxygen. The program has three hyperbaric chambers at Roper Hospital. Each chamber has wide openings and plenty of space to make sure you feel comfortable during treatment.

Most patients who undergo this hyperbaric oxygen therapy have daily treatment. These daily sessions typically take place over eight weeks.


Multidisciplinary amputation prevention program

At Roper St. Francis Healthcare, we believe that saving a limb is saving a life. That’s why we’ve created the Lowcountry’s only multidisciplinary amputation prevention program.

This program brings together experts from various specialties to create a treatment plan that helps you heal and avoids amputation. This team will also track your progress and collaborate on treatment changes if needed. Our team includes:

  • Hospitalists
  • Interventional radiologists
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Podiatrists
  • Rehabilitation medicine specialists
  • Vascular surgeons

Our team

At Roper St. Francis Healthcare, we treat every patient like a family member, friend or neighbor. When you come to us for wound care or hyperbaric treatment, you can expect compassionate care from a team that wants to help you feel better and live a full, productive life.

As a regional center of excellence in wound care, our program includes doctors and nurses specializing in wound care and hyperbaric medicine. The program’s director, Mary Hanley, DO, FUHM, CWSP, FAPWCA, is one of only two doctors in South Carolina who is board certified and fellowship trained in hyperbaric medicine and wound care.

Our doctors, nurses, medical assistants and physician assistants work full-time in wound care. They understand the unique needs of patients with chronic wounds.

Locations

Our team is dedicated to providing safe, compassionate wound care close to home. We offer wound care services at three offices in Charleston County and Berkley County, including:

We offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy at Roper Hospital in downtown Charleston.

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