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Peripheral vascular disease can limit blood flow and slow your body’s healing process. As a result, each year almost five million Americans with vascular disease develop chronic ulcers and wounds. People with diabetes are particularly susceptible to chronic wounds that can lead in severe cases to amputation.

Wound treatment

The Wound Healing Center offers a state-of-the-art facility complemented by a highly trained staff of interdisciplinary healthcare professionals. The center’s high success rate makes it your first choice for wound care in San Antonio.

Under the direction of physicians specially trained in wound care and hyperbaric medicine are skilled wound care nurses and experienced hyperbaric technicians. Training and expertise is complemented by our commitment to providing compassionate care and support to each patients.

Some of the conditions treated by the Wound Healing Center include:

  • Pressure ulcers
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Surgical wounds
  • Wounds caused by infection
  • Traumatic wounds
  • Wounds due to circulatory problems.

Your treatment plan may include some or a combination of the following:

  • Laboratory studies
  • X-rays
  • Vascular studies
  • Surgical debridement to remove infected tissue and bone
  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Bio-engineered skin
  • Negative pressure-assisted wound closure
  • Application of specialty dressings or ointments
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
The Wound Healing Center 
Baptist Medical Center 
111 Dallas Street 
San Antonio, Texas 78205 
(210) 297-7520 
The Wound Healing Center 
Northeast Baptist Hospital  
8811 Village Dr. 
San Antonio, Texas 78217 
(210) 297-2520 

The Wound Healing Center
St. Luke's Baptist Hospital
7930 Floyd Curl Drive, Suite 100
San Antonio, Texas 78229
(210) 297-5520

Wound care with a heart.

Velma Covarruvias, a 69-year-old bingo lover, was knocked off her feet and out of her social routine recently by the side effects of diabetes and chronic high blood sugar. Her arterial problems threatened to escalate and could have meant amputation.

“I was scared to death,” Covarruvias said.

Dr. Lyssa Ochoa of Peripheral Vascular Associates at Baptist Medical Center said Covarruvias’ condition affected the small blood vessels in her legs, feet and toes. “It’s a challenging condition to treat,” says Dr. Ochoa, a vascular surgeon. “But the new technology coming out in vascular surgery is phenomenal,” she says.

After vascular bypass surgery, Covarruvias spent a lot of time ­­– 40 sessions – in the hyperbaric chambers at the Wound Healing Center to help the healing process. Covarruvias says she was especially impressed with the care and compassion of the staff.  The staff  “were very kind, very nice to me,” she says.

Covarruvias is back on her feet and in the swing of things thanks to the combined efforts of Baptist’s vascular surgeons and the wound care specialists. Getting you back to living the life you want to lead. That’s Baptist Care.

Diabetes and wound care

Diabetes and its related complications are of special concern in San Antonio, which has the second-highest death rate for diabetes among the 54 largest U.S. cities. Diabetes can damage nerves in your feet and cause neuropathy, a condition that makes it hard for you to feel injuries or sore spots. (Learn more about how to take care of your feet.)

The disease can also affect blood flow, making it harder for small problems, like a blister, to heal properly. Even minor injuries due to diabetic foot problems can quickly become serious infections that can send you to the hospital. 

Each year, about 125,000 people in the U.S. undergo lower extremity amputations because of complications from chronic wounds; more than 50 percent of those are people with diabetes.

The experts at the Wound Care Center are highly trained in treating wounds associated with peripheral vascular disease and diabetes, including diabetic foot ulcers and post-surgical wounds.