Saratoga Hospital Adds First Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers To Expand Wound Healing Services

Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine is located at Saratoga Hospital Medical Offices – Wilton Mall

Patients with serious, nonhealing wounds can now receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy at the Saratoga Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine.  hyperbaric chambers

The center is located at the hospital’s new Wilton Mall offices, where ample space enabled the installation of Saratoga County’s first hyperbaric oxygen chambers. 

The advanced equipment promotes healing by exposing the body to 100% oxygen in a high-pressure environment. Since wounds need oxygen to heal properly, this 100% exposure can speed the healing process.

“Having easy access to this therapy can be life-changing for patients with severe diabetic foot ulcers and other serious, chronic wounds,” said Dr. Lee Ruotsi, Medical Director of the Saratoga Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine. “As part of a comprehensive treatment plan, hyperbaric oxygen therapy for select problematic wounds can improve healing and prevent amputations.”

The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine treats patients of all ages who have problematic wounds, including diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, pressure injuries (bedsores), surgical wound separation, delayed radiation injuries, and wounds caused by lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases.

In addition to hyperbaric oxygen therapy, treatments include bioengineered skin and tissue cell replacement, debridement, dressing management, compression wrapping, total contact casting, and negative pressure wound therapy.

Demand for wound healing services is on the rise, in part because the population is aging, and elderly patients are more likely to need this type of care. Saratoga Hospital responded by recruiting Dr. Ruotsi, an international expert on wound care and hyperbaric medicine. 

Dr. Ruotsi has more than 30 years of experience leading and consulting on wound care and hyperbaric medicine programs, teaching in residency programs, and lecturing nationally and internationally on topics related to wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Dr. Ruotsi is board certified in wound care as well as in undersea and hyperbaric medicine. He also is certified as a wound specialist.

In addition, Dr. Ruotsi serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery and the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel. He is a member of the Wound Healing Society and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

To make an appointment at the Saratoga Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine, call 518-886-7568.

18 Nov 2020