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Also offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Weslaco

Weslaco – The Wound Center at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco cares for patients with wounds that are either not healing or healing slowly — – including those developed by patients with diabetes.

In some cases, treatment for non-healing wounds can help prevent patients from having their foot or toe amputated. Tragically, amputations can make the patient become unable to work or perform other functions at a relatively-young age. In many cases, this is caused by complications of diabetes, which is widespread in the Valley’s Hispanic population.

The Knapp Wound Center is a comprehensive outpatient center designed for the treatment of wounds and which also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The Knapp Wound Center provides a thorough diagnostic examination of the wound and the patient. A comprehensive and individual treatment plan is then developed and communicated to the referring physician.

Information concerning the patient’s progress is continuously submitted to the referring physician. The update includes photos of the wound with a progress report at regular intervals. The Knapp Wound Center can periodically evaluate and re-adjust treatment plans as necessary, in order to achieve positive outcomes for the patients.

Services include:

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Negative Pressure Therapy
  • Biologic Dressings
  • Compression Dressings
  • Sharp Debridement
  • Enzymatic Debridement
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Comprehensive Wound Care

The Wound Center at Knapp has a team of qualified professionals who help to maximize care for each patient. These professionals include:

  • Physicians with advanced training in comprehensive wound management and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. These physicians include:
    • Michael DeCandia, MD
    • Sandra Esquivel, MD
    • Rodolfo Guerrero, MD
    • Luis Abraham Mata, MD
    • Alejandro Hernandez, MD
    • John Hovorka, MD
    • Jose Mariano Rodriguez, MD
    • Cynthia Salinas, MD
  • Nursing and clinical staff with advanced training in the care of acute and chronic wounds, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
  • Experienced staff to assist with appointments, medical records and the health insurance process.

Indications for referral to the Knapp Wound Center include:

  • Diabetic Problem Wounds
  • Selective Problem Wounds
  • Arterial Insufficiency Ulcer
  • Compromised Grafts and Flaps
  • Decompression Sickness
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Exceptional Blood Loss
  • Crush Injury and Traumatic Ischemia
  • Venous Stasis Ulcers
  • Gas Gangrene
  • Thermal Burns
  • Air or Gas Embolism
  • Radiation Tissue Damage
  • Brown Recluse Spider Bites
  • Osteomyelitis (Refractory)
  • Compartment Syndrome
  • Post Radiation Tissue Injury
  • Pressure Ulcers

The Knapp Wound Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Depending on their insurance provider, patients may or may not need a referral from a physician to receive services at the Wound Center at Knapp Medical Center.

“Patients can contact our office at 956-969-5185, and we will be glad to let them know what steps, if any, they will need to take in order to schedule their first consultation,” said Oscar Garza, RN, Director of the Knapp Wound Center.