We are all about Healing
Location: Loma Linda University Medical Center - Murrieta
Professional Office Building, Suite 410
28078 Baxter Road
Murrieta CA 92563
Using the most advanced wound healing techniques including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO), we can achieve excellent outcomes in a very high percentage of our patients.
Nearly five million Americans each year suffer from chronic, non-healing wound. Wounds may be caused by diabetes, poor circulation, traumatic injury, radiation therapy, complicated infection and many other causes.
Chronic non-healing wounds occur due to a variety of reasons such as presence of non-viable necrotic tissues within the wound, unresolved infection, uncontrolled leg edema, unrelieved pressure, and inadequate blood flow to the wound area. When the level of tissue oxygen in and around the wound drops below a certain level from poor blood circulation, the body's normal healing process and ability to fight infection become severely impaired. Chronic wounds such as these require specialized wound care and sometimes adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
At the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at Loma Linda University Medical Center – Murrieta we use a multidisciplinary approach customized to fit each patient’s medical needs. The center has four oversized hyperbaric oxygen chambers equipped with the latest technology that allows our medical team to control the pressure and temperature as well as provide communication and entertainment during treatment.
We provide treatment for non-healing wounds and ulcers including:
- Diabetic ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Post-surgical non-healing wounds
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Arterial ulcers
- Non-healing traumatic wounds
- Bone and soft tissue radiation injury
- Ulcers related to soft tissue & bone infections
- Atypical wounds
Patients who may benefit from hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy include:
- Patients with selected non-healing wounds that have not closed with conventional care
- Certain advanced diabetic foot ulcers
- Cancer patients with soft tissue damage as a result of previous radiation therapy
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis (bone infections)
- Osteoradionecrosis of mandible (jaw bone)
- Radiation cystitis
- Compromised skin graft & flap/amputation sites
- Certain gangrene ulcers due to acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
Meet Your Physician – Dr. Yoshinobu Mifune, MD, ABPM, FAAFP, FACCWS
Senior Medical Director
Dr. Mifune is a board certified wound specialist, certified hyperbaric technologist, as well as board certified in Family Medicine and Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine. Working collaboratively with referring physicians and the team of certified wound nurses and hyperbaric chamber technicians, Dr. Mifune treats a variety of complicated chronic wounds. His excellent outcomes and patient satisfaction have been ranked among the top in the nation over the years.
How does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?
The patient breathes 100% oxygen while comfortably lying in a pressurized chamber, which improves the body’s ability to carry oxygen-rich blood. Typically, a hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves 90 minutes at the prescribed treatment pressure plus the time required to pressurized and depressurize the chamber. Patients will receive a therapy once daily, five times per week, and the total number of treatment will be based on the type of indication and patients’ response to treatment. Each hyperbaric chamber is equipped with an entertainment unit so that patients can watch movies or TV during treatment to help pass the time.