Wound Healing and Limb Preservation

The Center for Wound Healing is an advanced care center for the treatment of difficult-to-heal wounds of the lower extremities. Our mission is to provide the highest quality clinical services to meet the individual needs of each patient.


Patients who have chronic, non-healing wounds caused by diabetes, hypertension and other conditions often experience a marked reduction in their quality of life.

If you or someone you know has been dealing with the pain and discomfort, declining mobility and fears about limb loss associated with a non-healing wound, let us help you. We understand that a wound that won’t heal can be frustrating, expensive and very time consuming; our goal is to provide state-of-the-art care to shorten the healing time and get you back to the life you deserve.

The utilization of fluorescence microangiography with the LUNA system enables doctors to see what they previously could not – real-time blood flow to acute and chronic wounds. This technology allows them to perform assessment of blood flow to the wound, utilizing information to define treatment plans, optimize patient recovery and reduce the frequency of these complications. Complications from chronic wounds may include necrosis, infection, partial or total limb amputation and the need for repeat surgery.

Patients have the benefit of clinical expertise and the resources of an interdisciplinary team of physicians to provide assessment and treatment recommendations. Physician disciplines include: hyperbaric medicine, podiatry, vascular surgery and endocrinology.

The combination of the new LUNA technology, clinical expertise in wound healing and limb preservation and one of the world’s most sophisticated hyperbaric oxygen chambers provides distinct advantages for patients with wound issues. Hyperbaric oxygen has long been recognized as an important adjunctive therapy for chronic medical conditions such as delayed soft tissue radiation injury and foot ulcers in diabetic patients.

Hennepin Healthcare has the only multi-chamber hyperbaric oxygen facility in the region that’s used for 24/7 emergency treatment of critically ill patients and those with limb or life-threatening infections.


"The results of the Luna have become so impressive that we can't imagine caring for wounds without it.  It's quickly become a vital assessment tool."  - Thomas Masters, Emergency Medicine Physician

Interdisciplinary Team and State-of-the-Art Technology

Hennepin Healthcare's Center for Wound Healing and Limb Preservation uses a unique and innovative combination of resources to assess and treat patients with complex wound conditions and vascular issues. Utilizing fluorescence microangiography – a new technology that can assess blood flow in chronic, non-healing wounds and diabetic ulcers – physicians can guide treatment approaches and evaluate recovery. Hennepin Healthcare is the first in Minnesota to use the LUNA™ Imaging System during wound assessment. For wounds to heal effectively, healthy blood flow, or microcirculation, is essential. Non-healing wounds can often result from diabetes, a complication from a recent surgery, or even frostbite.

Hyperbaric Medicine

Patients with non-healing wounds often benefit from treatment in our hyperbaric chamber to increase blood flow to damaged tissue.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Hospital-based care

This is a hospital-based clinic owned by Hennepin Healthcare. Many insurance plans pay for health care services provided in a hospital-based clinic differently than those provided in a doctor’s office. Your insurance may require that you meet your annual deductible and/or require that you pay a percentage of the bill rather than just an office visit co-payment. You should check with your insurance company if you have any questions. Read the Frequently asked questions about hospital-based clinics to learn more.

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