Wound center in West Hills, California
Nearly six million people in the U.S. are affected by chronic wounds every year. The wound center at West Hills Hospital offers advanced treatment options for patients with hard-to-heal wounds. Our mission is dedicated to the care and improvement of human life, which means we aggressively manage wounds to ensure they heal quickly and completely.
To make an appointment, please call (818)676-HEAL (4325). A physician referral is recommended, but not required for wound treatment. Our staff can assist with coordinating insurance coverage.
Our specialists in West Hills, California work in conjunction with your referring physician to determine a complete set of wound care protocols to address your individual needs.
Indications for advanced wound care include:
- Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
- Pressure ulcers
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Non-healing surgical wounds
- Arterial ulcers
- Vasculitic ulcers
- Complex soft tissue wounds
- Sharp Debridement (surgical procedure to remove dead tissue)
- Compression Therapy (use of wraps/stockings to support veins and increase circulation in legs)
- Biological Skin Substitutes (bio-engineered products which replace the form/function of lost skin)
- Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (use of a vacuum dressing)
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Without adequate oxygen, normal healing cannot take place in the body. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, also called HBOT, is a treatment option for some chronic wounds. Patients deemed appropriate for treatment receive pure oxygen in a single-person, pressurized chamber. This allows a high concentration of oxygen to attach to red blood cells and be transported to the wound site. Studies have shown that this treatment has increased healing by an average of 25 percent in patients, and it is covered by Medicare and most private insurances.
Patients are constantly monitored while receiving hyperbaric therapy. The chamber is made of Plexiglas, which allows for visual surveillance and verbal communication with patients during treatment. This feature also makes it possible for patients to watch videos or television during treatments.
Patients with the following conditions may be candidates for HBOT:
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Refractory osteomyelitis (bone infection which has not responded to appropriate treatment)
- Soft tissue radionecrosis (death of tissue due to radiation exposure)
- Compromised skin graft or flap
- Necrotizing infections
- Gas gangrene (infection which causes toxins to release gas, leading to tissue death)
- Crush injuries
- Arterial insufficiency (lack of adequate blood flow through the arteries)
- Acute carbon monoxide poisoning
- Traumatic wounds
- Infected wounds
Wound care center information
Address: 7300A Medical Center Drive, West Hills, California 91307
Hours:Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.