Frequently Asked Questions
Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy safe?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe and evidence-based treatment proven to speed the healing process in certain types of wounds. In fact, many patients find it relaxing! The clear chambers are equipped with televisions and cable, a DVD player to watch movies and comfortable bedding. In addition, there is a phone system for communication with the trained Hyperbaric Technician who is at your side for the entire treatment. The most common sensation you will experience is during the beginning (pressurization) of the treatment. The slowly increasing pressure will push on your eardrum. This is exactly the same feeling you would experience when landing in an airplane or diving to the bottom of a swimming pool. The Center staff will instruct you on the different methods of relieving this ear pressure. A typical course of treatment involves the patient spending about 110 minutes a day in the chamber, five days a week over a four-to-six-week period.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Your physician may refer you or you can simply call the Cedar Park Regional Medical Center Wound Care Center at 512.259.1964.
What causes non-healing wounds?
Chronic and non-healing wounds can result from a number of factors, including diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vascular disease and immobility. Wounds come from a variety of different medical conditions, and they don't heal for many different reasons. An estimated eight million Americans suffer from chronic wounds.
Will I have to change my primary care doctor or specialist?
No. In fact, the Wound Care Center prefers to work with your physician or medical specialist during the treatments. We keep your doctor informed with frequent progress reports. While you're receiving treatment for your wound from the Wound Care Center, you will continue to receive all of your routine care from your primary physician.
Does insurance cover specialized wound care treatments?
Yes. Many insurance plans cover wound care and hyperbaric oxygen treatment, but an individual's coverage depends on the specific plan. If your insurance does not cover your treatment, we can help you with financial arrangements.
What can I expect at the first appointment?
The first appointment consists of an assessment by our skilled wound care team, a review of your medical history, blood tests, and recommendations for your treatment plan. Please be sure to bring to this appointment your insurance information, list of current medications and list of your allergies. Your initial appointment will last an hour and a half to two hours.
What do our patients say about us?
"Superb care at every level. All the people I encountered associated with the Wound Care Center provided a level of service beyond expectation."
"My overall experience with the Wound Care Center is overwhelming! I go to several clinics and doctors' offices and have never received care the way I was treated here. The staff is "the best" I have ever worked with and Dr. Abando is "the best" doctor ever. I really wish I could go to the Wound CareCenter for all my medical needs."
"Your staff is excellent!"
"Excellent, wonderful, wish most or all medical clinics were like this one and the staff was beyond excellent."
"I really felt they cared about the work they did! Good job!! Thanks!"
"Absolute joy being here and getting care. Best thing medically that has ever happened to me! Love my nurses and doctor! The HBO tech is a consummate professional, was willing to work with my schedule."
"All involved with my care for almost a year were very kind and very caring."
"Everything was done very professionally every time we were there. Thanks to all."
"The staff made me feel like family. I look forward to seeing them every time. Best staff I have known."
"A very responsive team and high level of professionalism. I was very pleased with the social skills and bedside manner of each nurse and the doctor."
"I have been in several hospitals in Texas and I've been satisfied with (them), but never had better treatment and understanding than I received at the Wound Care Center. I would recommend it to anyone. I really enjoyed meeting the staff."
"I have never been treated better than I was at the Wound Center. The entire nursing staff was 5-star, every one of them. I like to think the time I spent with everyone there made me their friend, as I consider everyone there to be my friend. I spent a long time going to your Center because I believed and believed...and now I am fully well."