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Welcome to the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center

The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, an outpatient clinic of North Carolina Specialty Hospital, is located at 4315 Ben Franklin Blvd, Suite 101, in Durham, NC. The center opened in February of 2013 and provides directed, specialized care for problem wounds that have not responded to traditional treatment plans.

The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center employs a team of dedicated health care providers who are trained to identify the cause of failing wounds including:

  • Diabetic Foot Ulcers
  • Venous Stasis Ulcers
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Non-Healing Flaps and Grafts
  • Wounds esulting rom past radiation therapy or injury
  • Persistent wounds associated with bony infection

Wound therapy may include the following treatments:

  • Improving medical comorbidities and nutritional status
  • Advanced dressing care
  • Aggressive Debridement Programs
  • Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
  • Arterial Revascularization Procedures
  • Reversal of venous insufficiency
  • Application of dermal skin substitutes
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Each comprehensive treatment plan is coordinated to provide maximal healing in minimal time to allow the patient to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Additionally, patients are instructed on methods to avoid future wounding events.

The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center specializes solely in problem wound healing such that the patients' primary care physician continues to direct the medical care of the patient through and after their tenure at the center.

Wound Care Center Providers

Walter Woodrow Burns III, MD
Susan Weeks, MD

The Wound Care Center is a collaboratively managed by EmergeOrtho, North Carolina Specialty Hospital and Healogics, Inc.

Wound Care Center highlighted in Triangle Physician Magazine


How do I schedule an appointment?

Please call (919) 595-8490, and a staff member will assist you in scheduling an appointment.

What will happen during my first visit?

  • A thorough medical history and physical examination will be performed, and any recent medical visits, pertinent lab tests or imaging studies will be reviewed.
  • If necessary, tests will be ordered to fully evaluate the cause of the wound.
  • A treatment plan will be initiated, and the wound will be treated.
  • If appropriate, you or a family member may be instructed on dressing changes, or home health will be requested to perform dressing changes at your home.

What about follow up visits?

It is very important that you are committed to healing your wound, which requires that you come to each scheduled clinic visit. Studies have shown improved wound healing when patients show up for each clinic visit. Each time you come to the clinic, we will check your wound, evaluate the need to clean and re-dress the wound, and review any tests with you that have been performed in the interim. Every visit you will have the opportunity to ask questions or voice your concerns, and we will provide answers and explain forthcoming steps in the healing process. With your permission we will communicate with your primary care MD and update him/her on your condition.

What can I do to help?

We need your commitment to your treatment plan. The best things you can do are:

  • Care for your wound at home as directed by your healthcare provider
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Rest according to your healthcare providerís instructions
  • Take medication as ordered
  • Stop smoking
  • Return for your follow up appointment

When should I contact my Wound Care doctor?

Contact your Wound Care doctor if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Increasing redness around the wound
  • Warm or red skin
  • A red streak in wound drainage
  • Pus or cloudy fluid draining from the wound
  • A foul odor or abnormal smell
  • Fever or chills
  • Increased pain
  • Tenderness at or in the area of the infected bone
  • Increased swelling around the wound
  • The wound gets bigger
  • The wound has blisters, black or brown dead tissue
  • Increased weakness
  • A wound that wonít heal

How do I find out if my Insurance will pay?

Most health insurance companies will pay for the care you receive at the Wound Care Center. Because there are many different insurance plans, it is hard for us to know what your insurance will pay. Many plans have amounts that you will have to pay. Your plan may also have specific coverage limits. You should call your insurance company with questions you have about your coverage.

Will the Wound Care Center file my insurance?

Yes. We will bill your insurance company based on the information that you supply when you register. If your insurance company changes at any time during your treatment at the Wound Care Center, it is your responsibility to inform us.

Health Insurance Tips:

  • You may receive multiple bills for the services you received at the Wound Care Center.
  • You will receive a bill from the hospital.
  • You will also receive a bill from the doctor(s) providing care to you.
  • You may also receive separate bills from the laboratory testing, diagnostic services, and from the doctors interpreting your test results.

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