Healing In The High Desert

Dr. William Suval preparing to examine Alberto Gonzales wound.

St. Mary Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Expands its Services

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)- – The St. Mary Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine has expanded its services by the recent addition of a third hyperbaric chamber. As an outpatient facility dedicated to the treatment of chronic and non-healing wounds, the center has cared for more than 500 patients since it opened in July 2010.

Alberto Gonzales dealt with the loss of his toes and was faced with losing his entire foot due to diabetes when he was referred to the center and received care from Joe Chauvapun, M.D. and William Suval, M.D. Gonzales’ wounded foot is nearly healed and is thrilled with his progress, stating, “I feel better than expected.”

“I didn’t even want to look at my wound at first, so the nurses would cover it with a sheet,” Gonzales said. “But between hyperbaric therapy and the weekly doctor visits, I made great progress.  Every week I was reassured I was improving and felt well-informed.  On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give the center a 15. I am even healing ahead of schedule.”

“Every therapy, procedure and plan of care is customized for the patient, based on their needs,” said Marie Langley, program director for the center.

Alberto Gonzales and one of the hyperbaric chambers.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is one of the center’s most successful programs since it is a simple way of delivering high doses of oxygen to the body. Patients breathe 100% oxygen while lying inside of a chamber; the oxygen dissolves into the blood and tissues of the body stimulating healing.

The most commonly treated wounds at the center are diabetic ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, pressure ulcers, non-healing surgical wounds, trauma and burns.  The center is proud of its clinical excellence and skilled panel of physicians.

“We are surrounded daily by pain and suffering but knowing and remembering that people can heal is what keeps everyone motivated,” said Langley.

To learn more or schedule an appointment with the St. Mary Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, call (760) 242-2111 or visit www.stmaryapplevalley.com.

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