05/21/2013
By: john.march.9081
Affordable Healthcare Bluffton
I had problems with a blocked ear for three days. Tried to self-medicatebut to no avail (I don't go to doctors unless absolutely necessary) . I was able to get an appointment in short order and pleasantly surprised by the courteous and efficient staff--I was not kept waiting--Jennifer and her staff took care of my problem-- plus I also discovered that my blood pressure was very high. (meds were prescribed) I am grateful. I give Affordable Health Care high marks and commend them to you without reservation. John March
05/18/2012
By: amyleetee
Affordable Healthcare Bluffton
The staff was GREAT! Even squeezed me in..they were supposed to be closing! Medical staff was wonderful too!!! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Tips & Advices
This depends on the facility. Patients should call to find out if they'll need a referral from their physician prior to making an appointment.
Aside from hyperbaric oxygen treatment, most wound care centers offer:
  • Debridement: The removal of dead skin and tissue surrounding the wound. This can be done surgically, using a whirlpool bath, syringes, enzymes that dissolve the tissue, or wet dressings that dry on the wound and absorb the dead tissue.
  • Dressing: Wrapping the wound in a protective film, gauze, gel, or foam.
  • Compression stockings: Tight-fitted fabric sheaths that encourage blood flow.
  • Artificial skin: A covering that is applied to the wound for several days as it heals.
  • Ultrasound: The use of sound waves to promote healing.
  • Growth factor therapy: The use of materials naturally produced by the body to encourage quick cell growth.
  • Negative pressure therapy: Creating a vacuum around a wound to encourage faster blood flow to the area.
Depending on where the treatment is administered, hyperbaric oxygen treatment  can cost $100- $1,000. After insurance is applied, patients may have a copay of $10 -$50 or a coinsurance fee of 10 percent to 50 percent.
Most wounds should heal within two to six weeks. An individual should seek chronic wound treatment if a wound has not begun to heal after two weeks or is not completely healed after six.
Most health insurance plans cover wound care. Patients should check with the clinic and their health insurance provider before seeking treatment to be sure.

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