Advanced Wound and Plastic Surgery Center in Brandon, Florida

Having a non-healing wound can impact a person's quality of life, but the experts at Brandon Regional Hospital are here to help. Our outpatient Advanced Wound and Plastic Surgery Center provides comprehensive wound care and reconstructive services.

To learn more about our wound care and reconstructive services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (813) 653-1065.

Types of wounds we treat

Our wound care team diagnoses and treats acute and chronic wounds, including:

  • Abscesses
  • Burns
  • Crush injures and other traumatic injuries that impact blood supply to tissues
  • Diabetic leg and foot wounds
  • Degloving (severe skin tear that affects blood flow)
  • Recurring wounds
  • Surgical wounds
  • Ulcers
  • Other conditions causing wounds, such as bites and infections

Our wound care specialists ensure patients are set up for successful wound healing. We provide education about proper wound care, signs of wounds complications and ways to prevent wounds from reoccurring.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)

HBOT improves the healing of wounds, especially those that are difficult to heal or affected by severe soft tissue infections, including:

  • Non-healing wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers
  • Chronic bone infection (chronic refractory osteomyelitis)
  • Injury to skin or bone as a side effect from radiation therapy
  • Non-healing skin grafts and flaps
  • Crush injuries
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (hearing loss due to nerve damage to the inner ear)
  • Central retinal artery occlusion (sudden vision loss due to artery blockage in the retina)

Benefits of HBOT

During treatment, patients are placed in a pressurized hyperbaric chamber of 100 percent oxygen and breathe normally, increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood. The increase in oxygen:

  • Helps blood carry more oxygen throughout the body
  • Promotes wound healing in tissue
  • Activates white blood cells to fight against infection

Reconstructive surgery

In addition to wound healing, we provide reconstruction services for patients affected by:

  • Abdominal wall and ventral hernia
  • Cancer (such as breast cancer and skin cancer)
  • Carpal tunnel (condition caused by pinched nerves in the wrist)
  • Chest wall and sternum conditions
  • Facial trauma
  • Hands and extremities trauma
  • Head and neck trauma
  • Lymphedema (condition that causes pain and swelling, usually in arms and legs)
  • Peripheral nerve damage (nerve damage after an injury)

Lymphedema care

Lymphedema is a condition that causes fluid retention and swelling in the arms, legs and other parts of the body. It is a result of missing or damaged lymph nodes. It often affects patients that have been treated for cancer. There is no cure for lymphedema, however, our Advanced Wound and Plastic Surgery Center offers comprehensive treatment to help treat and manage the condition.

Lymphedema treatment

We are dedicated to providing effective treatment to help patients become independent in managing their lymphedema. Our center offers complete decongestive therapy (CDT), which involves manual lymph drainage (MLD) administered by certified CDT/MLD therapists.

CDT consists of:

  • Manual lymph drainage (gentle massage technique that helps lymphs to drain)
  • Compression therapy using multilayered bandages and garments
  • Remedial exercises and skin care

What to expect at your first lymphedema therapy visit

Our goal is to ensure patients are prepared and comfortable throughput the treatment process. At the first visit, a certified therapist:

  • Evaluates the patient's condition
  • Discusses treatment goals and plans
  • Conducts training in compression bandaging, exercises and skin care

Benefits of lymphedema therapy

The benefits of lymphedema treatment include:

  • Improved function of the lymphatic system
  • Reduced risk of secondary complications and hospitalization
  • Decreased pain, discomfort, tingling or numbness
  • Decreased muscular and soft tissue tightness
  • Improved mobility and range of motion
  • Improved appearance of the affected areas
  • Better understanding of the condition and how to manage symptoms

Lymphedema surgery options

If lymphedema still persists after CDT/MLD treatment, our experienced lymphedema doctors offer these surgical options:

  • Lymphovenous bypass: This outpatient procedure is used to bypasses damaged nodes and connects lymphatic channels directly into the veins.
  • Vascularized lymph node transfer surgery (lymphovenous transplant): In this inpatient procedure, a group of lymph nodes from a healthy part of the body are transplanted to the affected area.
  • Charles procedure (skin grafts): With this procedure, impacted tissue is removed, and surgeons use part of it as skin grafts to repair the area.