CTWHA has many different wound healing treatment options. Speak with your physician to find out the best course of treatment for you!


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

During hyperbaric oxygen therapy the body is exposed to 100% oxygen at pressures greater than it normally experiences. In order to heal properly, wounds need oxygen, so exposing wounds to 100% oxygen can speed the healing process for some patients.

CTWHA offers hyperbaric oxygen chambers where the patient is completely immersed in 100% oxygen delivered at high pressure.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used for certain types of wounds, including:

  • Soft tissue infections
  • Thermal burns
  • Some types of skin grafts and flaps
  • Crush injuries
  • Wounds that are diabetes-related.

Side effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy are extremely rare, but here are some possible risks:

  • Pressure-related trauma to ears and nose
  • Nearsightedness - which often resolves within weeks of treatment
  • Decompression sickness
  • Non-life-threatening convulsions related to oxygen toxicity

For additional information about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy including what typically happens during a hyperbaric oxygen therapy session visit this resources page from John Hopkins Medicine Health Library. 

Compression Therapy

Compression therapy is a process where pressure is applied evenly over a wound and is used to treat a number of conditions. Bandages, stockings, and intermittent pneumatic compression devices are often used to deliver compression therapy with bandages and stocking being most widely used. With wound and ulcer management, compression therapy has been shown to significantly reduce healing times significantly. 

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Negative pressure wound therapy involves using a sealed wound dressing to create a negative pressure environment in the wound. This medical procedure enhances and promotes wound healing in acute, chronic and burn wounds. Applying continued vacuum helps to increase blood flow to the area drawing out excess fluid from the wound.

Learn about this procedure and more information about negative pressure wound therapy here.


Weekly Sharp Debridements

Sharp debridement is a surgical procedure that removes infected tissue in order to improve the wound’s appearance and promote enhanced healing.

This method is often used on wounds that show no sign of healing after using other methods of wound healing. It might also be used for patients with deep tissue wounds, infections or connective tissue damage. This method allows physicians to be more selective in surgery, choosing which tissue to remove whereas in other methods of medical debridement both healthy and dead tissue is lost.

For more information about sharp debridement, including the advantages and recovery after surgery visit this resource page from Wound Care Centers.

Skin Substitute

Skin substitute is a form of wound closure that assists in controlling associated pain and replaces the skin function to promote healing of a wound. Skin substitutes can be temporary or permanent.

This use of skin substitute often accelerates the wound healing process with fewer complications from infection and dehydration.

Learn about the different types and uses of skin substitutes in this resource page form Wound Care Centers.