Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center provides high quality, evidence-based, cost-effective therapeutic options for patients with a variety of difficult nonhealing problem wounds. Our center not only employs an experienced and comprehensive team of wound physicians, nurses and technicians, but also offers access to the largest, most sophisticated Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) system in Arizona.
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What is a Wound? Our Physician Expert Explains
The medical director of the Advanced Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center is Shishir Shah, DO, ABPM, CWS.
Coupling skilled surgical technique along with sound medical practice, our physicians are well trained and equipped in the practice of advanced wound care. Following an initial consultation, we work closely with your office to provide ongoing feedback as required to facilitate speedy closure of your patient’s referred condition. If required, we coordinate consultations with vascular, orthopedic, podiatric, and plastic and reconstructive surgery specialists.
Our hyperbaric oxygen therapy system complements the wound center by offering the capability to heal the most difficult wounds. Though we are able to heal most of our open wound cases in a timely manner utilizing only advanced wound care techniques, having immediate access to this powerful system on site gives our patients a substantial advantage for more recalcitrant cases. Moreover, it is an effective adjunct therapy for a broad range of clinical conditions. Most recently, HBOT has been shown to stimulate growth of new capillary bud formation by mobilizing bone marrow derived vasculogenic stem cells to the target area of tissue oxygenation. HBOT increases the body’s resistance and ability to combat infection – all central components to promoting timely and effective healing. HBOT is utilized for patients with various medical conditions. Some of these conditions include nonhealing diabetic ulcers and nonhealing chronic wounds, compromised skin grafts or flaps, radiation induced soft tissue injury, and osteomyelitis refractory to standard care.
Billing and Scheduling
HBOT is approved by most third-party payers and Medicare and is suitable for patients of any age. Our facility is a comprehensive licensed outpatient department of Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center with access to a host of additional hospital-based supportive resources. Non-emergent HBOT and wound services are offered during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
In-Chamber Treatment Sessions
Today, hyperbaric chambers constitute the most minimally invasive, best low risk-to-benefit approach to limb salvaging and hypoxic damaged tissue management when used appropriately. Risking your patient to preventable limb loss, unnecessary operative complications or repeat procedures, is no longer your only choice. There is a cost-effective, low-risk alternative with HBOT.
In each HBOT treatment session, patients intermittently breathe 100 percent oxygen while resting inside of a chamber. Most patients experience a brief warming sensation and some fullness in their ears as the chamber cabin is pressurized. This is quite similar to what is experienced when the cabin of an airplane is pressurized. The pressure inside the chamber gradually increases to greater than one atmosphere absolute (atm abs) or “sea level”. With customized oxygen delivery hoods, oxygen is breathed and then dissolved immediately into the patient’s plasma, speeding the delivery of concentrated oxygen to the hypoxic or diseased tissue.
Throughout the approximately 90 minutes of HBOT, a clinical staff member is also present within the chamber and attends to patients at all times during their treatment session. As they emerge back to surface pressure at the end of each treatment, patients often experience a cooling sensation along with mild crackling as their middle ear pressure equalizes.
The centerpiece of our facility is our 9-feet-high by 170-square-feet multiplace, hyperbaric chamber. Up to eight patients can be comfortably treated at one time in our large chamber, as they read, watch a DVD or listen to music while sitting in recliners.
Call 602.406.HEAL or 602.406.4325
Location and Contact Information
124 W Thomas Road, Suite 103
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Convenient parking is located in the back of the building.
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.