METHODIST MANSFIELD WOUND CARE AND HYPERBARIC CENTER
Wound care is about saving life and limb, and the care providers at the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center spend their days doing just that — saving and improving the quality of life for their many patients.
“Much of the research in wound care suggests amputations start with a small wound”
explains Ikechukwu Nwabude, MD, wound care physician on the medical staff at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. “We want to change that. The wound care center has the tools and experience necessary to save limbs — and change lives.” Dr. Nwabude, certified by the American Board of Wound Management and American Board of Internal Medicine, serves as medical director of the wound care center.
The team treats wounds that aren’t healing properly on their own, whether they’re caused by an accident, underlying disease, or infection. “There are millions of cases of chronic wounds in the U.S. — and the numbers are growing,” Dr. Nwabude says.
SPECIALIZED WOUND CARE SERVICES MEET AN INCREASING DEMAND IN MANSFIELD
One of the underlying causes for chronic wounds is diabetes, which affects 9.3 percent of the total U.S. population — an estimated 29.1 million people — and 26 percent of Americans over age 65. The incidence of chronic wounds, especially foot ulcers, increases in those with diabetes. “Each year, approximately 80,000 adults with diabetes will undergo a lower extremity amputation,” Dr. Nwabude reveals. “The number of chronic wound cases illustrates the tremendous need for wound care. For these patients, there’s hope, and we are dedicated to discovering new paths to chronic wound healing.”
TREATMENT OFFERS HOPE FOR PATIENTS WITH NON-HEALING WOUNDS
“Our multidisciplinary approach to outpatient wound care has a success rate in facilitating the healing process
” Dr. Nwabude says. The wound care center achieves healing success in 95 to 97.5 percent of patients, and it has been honored with the Robert A. Warriner III Center of Excellence Award by Healogics, the nation’s leading and largest wound care management company. The specialists at the wound care center provide therapies, extensive knowledge, and support services to treat wounds that are not healing on their own.
“The hyperbaric oxygen chamber contains concentrated, specially pressurized oxygen to speed wound healing,” Dr. Nwabude explains. “Lying in this chamber while breathing normally increases the concentration of oxygen in the blood. This makes more oxygen available to damaged body tissues, which helps the tissues repair themselves.”
Dr. Nwabude says the good thing about the human body is that everyone essentially heals the same, unless there’s something in the way such as diabetes or an infection. When this is the case, “The wound care center team treats the worst-of-the-worst wounds for these patients.” Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians at the Methodist Mansfield Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or Methodist Mansfield Medical Center.
2800 East Broad Street, Suite 308
Mansfield, Texas 76063