Because advanced wounds need advanced care.
The Advanced Wound Center, located at South Strand Medical Center, is an outpatient program for the treatment of chronic non-healing wounds. For people who have chronic wounds, life can lose its enjoyment because of pain, fear and a reduced ability to move around.
Our team of wound care specialists will design a treatment plan to meet your individual needs and keep you involved in the treatment process. The Center features private treatment rooms and state-of-the-art hyperbaric technology.
Meet Our Director
Dana Pournaras, MD, is medical director of The Advanced Wound Center and a wound care specialist. She is trained in wound care and hyperbaric medicine.
Dr. Pournaras joined the Grand Strand Medical Center medical staff in 2012. She attended medical school at the University of Debrecen Medical and Health Science Center, Debrecen, Hungary, and completed her residency at SUNY Downstate at Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, NY, in internal medicine.
What Type of Wounds Do We Treat?
Any wound that has not begun to heal in two weeks, or has not healed completely in six weeks, may benefit from our Advanced Wound Center. We treat wounds that result from a number of conditions, including:
- Diabetic wounds
- Pressure and vascular ulcers
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Non-healing surgical wounds
- Infected wounds
- Chronic wounds
Why Wound Care?
Studies have shown that wound care treatment has reduced amputation rates and length of hospital stays. Through advanced treatment options, our team will develop a plan of care specific to your needs. Advanced treatment options include:
- Complete medical history and wound assessment
- Compression and physical therapy
- Patient and caregiver education
- Wound protection and management
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT, delivers high concentrations of 100% oxygen (O2) into the bloodstream. Breathing O2 under pressure dissolves more oxygen in your body's blood which is then delivered to those areas that are having trouble healing due to the lack of O2 in the surrounding tissues. This type of therapy assists in the healing process of wounds and is effective in fighting certain types of infections. It also helps to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels, which can improve circulation and wound healing.
What Conditions Benefit From HBOT?
- A person with diabetes and a wound that is slow to heal, or is not healing
- Someone with damaged tissue from radiation therapy
- Someone with a skin graft that has a questionable blood supply
- Certain infections of the bone and/or skin
- Anyone with a wound that has shown no improvement in 4 weeks
Most patients do not suffer from claustrophobia. Once inside, you will be able to see out in all directions, and there is always an attendant in the room during your treatment. For those patients still feeling anxious about treatment, the hyperbaric physician can prescribe medicine that will relax you and make your treatment less stressful.
The only 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.
Side effects vary and may include a temporary change in your vision after many treatments. Do NOT change your eyewear prescription during or immediately after your treatments.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is covered by most medical insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact The Advanced Wound Center at (843) 839-6000. The Advanced Wound Care Center is a department of Grand Strand Medical Center. The Center is located at South Strand Medical Center, 5050 Highway 17 Bypass, Myrtle Beach (between Highways 707 and 544). Hours are 8:00am - 4:30pm.