OKLAHOMA - Patients with chronic wounds stemming from conditions like diabetes and obesity have a new center for care in Midtown.
It’s inside the Valir Rehabilitation Hospital specializing in different kinds of wound therapy like hyperbaric oxygen.
The service just opened last Thursday, but patients already have high hopes for the future.
Our crews met patient Mary Grigsby, a diabetic.
She never thought it would bother her, but now she can't even walk, dealing with some wounds to her left foot.
"I ate everything that I could eat, all the sweets. Now, I've lost 1 1/2 toes, and I got another toe infected," Grigsby said.
She has no feeling in her left foot.
She's also developed ulcers that led to an infection.
Grigsby is trying to make lifestyle changes.
She's eliminating sweets, eating more protein and veggies and getting the care she needs.
At Valir Wound Care & Hyperbarics, technicians and doctors are seeing patients from ages 30 to 90 plus years old.
Doctors will start with basic care like monitoring and cleaning her wound, hoping to prevent another amputation.
"The goal here is to get our patients here, closed and back to their lives within 30 days," said Dr. Timothy Hursh, MD.
If that doesn't work, some patients could qualify for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
"We treat people at 33 feet below sea level," said Ames. "I'm going pressurize the chamber up to 14. 7 lbs of pressure.”
Here, patients breathe in pure oxygen that helps heal their wounds from the inside out.
"He said there's a television for me to watch, so I'm not worried about it," Grigsby said.
Grigsby is optimistic this type of therapy could help her one day soon.
"I would love to walk, but we'll just have to see," Grigsby said.
There’s a growing need for wound care in Oklahoma and Nationwide.
Chronic wound affects 6.7 million people in the U.S. and that number is rising, due to an aging population and increase in diabetes and obesity rates.