Wound care center in Largo, Florida

If a sore or wound has not improved significantly in four weeks, or healed entirely in eight weeks, the experts at Largo Medical Center's Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine can help.

Located at our Indian Rocks Road campus, our experienced wound care team is dedicated to healing chronic wounds, which have not healed with traditional treatment.

Additionally, our experts at the Florida Limb Saving Institute are dedicated to help save patients' limbs with advanced technology and techniques.

To schedule a wound care appointment, call (727) 587-7658.

In addition to chronic, non-healing wounds, our wound care center treat wounds caused by burns, insect bites and other causes occurring in patients with diabetes.

Our wound care center's hours and location

Our Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is located at our Indian Rocks Road campus at 2025 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL 33774.

Our clinic hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Understanding chronic wounds

A chronic wound is an area of skin breakdown that has not shown signs of improvement in two weeks or fails to heal in four weeks. Factors such as diabetes, poor circulation, pressure, nutritional deficits or smoking all affect the normal healing process of wounds.

When a wound fails to heal, it forms a false covering, called fibrin, which stops all of the body’s natural attempts to heal the wound and can trap infection in the wound. This fibrin must be removed so new skin cells can grow and heal the wound.

Conditions we commonly treat with wound care

We can diagnose and treat the following conditions:

  • Arterial wounds
  • Autoimmune wounds
  • Burns
  • Diabetic foot wounds
  • Failing surgical flaps
  • Ischemic wounds
  • Late effects of radiation
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Post surgical wounds
  • Pressure wounds
  • Soft tissue necrosis
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Venous stasis & varicose vein wounds
  • Any wound that is delayed in healing

Wound treatment

Part of our wound care protocol to remove this false covering is to "trick" the body into thinking it's healed. We do this with a process called debridement, the removal of fibrin with an instrument called a curette.

Debridement starts the body’s healing process all over again by making the body think it has a brand new wound. Debridement may need to be done on a weekly basis until the new cell growth, known as epithelialization, has occurred.

Overall, treatment will focus on the cause of the wound, co-existing conditions that impact wound healing and topical wound management. The primary care physician or referring physician will be provided patient progress reports, and the patient will be returned to their care after discharge.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy

During a hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) session, 100 percent oxygen is administered at a controlled pressure (greater than sea level) for a certain amount of time—usually 90 minutes. This allows oxygen to reach bone and tissue normally inaccessible to red blood cells. HBOT has proven effective in stimulating healing and growth of healthy tissues.

We use hyperbaric chambers—noninvasive, clear, acrylic chambers —to promote optimal healing. While breathing pure oxygen, the patient's blood plasma becomes saturated, carrying 20 to 30 times the normal amount of oxygen to the body's tissue.

Continued use of HBOT results in more efficient functioning of the body's natural wound-healing mechanisms, which depend on oxygen.

Each hyperbaric chamber has its own TV and CD player for patients to watch movies or listen to music during treatments. The completely transparent chambers allow patients to see and be seen by our wound care team members.

Conditions treated with a hyperbaric chamber

With HBOT, we treat a variety of wounds and wound-related issues, including:

  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Crush injuries
  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremity
  • Gangrene
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Post-radiation tissue injuries
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Wounds caused by poor circulation or trauma
  • Wounds that have not healed in several weeks

Limb saving and limb loss prevention

Patients who have a non-healing ulcer with extremity numbness may be at risk of losing a limb.

Patients at risk for possible limb loss may also have some or all of the following co-occurring conditions or causes:

  • Blood-clotting disorders
  • Bone infection (osteomyelitis)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Rest claudication
  • Tobacco use

Our multidisciplinary program at the Florida Limb Saving Institute features:

  • A comprehensive evaluation by one of our physicians to develop an individualized care plan based on established protocols and patient-specific needs
  • A team of specialists to work with the patient and the patient’s existing healthcare providers
  • A nurse navigator to help patients and families with communication and coordination of healthcare among various healthcare providers
  • Education on nutrition and diabetes management skills
  • Education on off-loading, pressure relief and routine foot care
  • Long-term follow-up

Our limb-saving care team

Our limb-saving team includes specialists from the following areas:

  • Endocrinology
  • Hyperbaric medicine
  • Infectious disease
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Nurse navigator
  • Nutrition/dietary
  • Orthopedics
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Podiatry
  • Primary care
  • Rehabilitative medicine
  • Sleep medicine
  • Vascular
  • Wound healing