Luz Guerrero – Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center Success Story

Let Us Help You Heal

“We have a saying in Spanish: ‘No hay mal que dure cien años.’ It means, ‘Nothing bad lasts a hundred years.’”

Luz Guerrero was right: Her breast cancer journey didn’t last a hundred years. But it did last three, and at its tail end, the 38-year-old single mom from Arlington hit a road bump. The effects of radiation therapy were preventing wounds from her fourth and final surgery from healing.

At Methodist Mansfield Medical Center’s new Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center, Guerrero benefited from a variety of wound treatments, including negative pressure wound therapy.

“When I look in the mirror now, it’s amazing to see the results,” she says. “The large, open wounds are gone. I feel like a normal lady again.”

Guerrero’s treatment was overseen by Barry Bass, MD, independently practicing wound care specialist and general surgeon on the Methodist Mansfield medical staff. Here he shares why the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center is a great place for turning non-healing wounds into healed wounds.

Treatments for almost every wound

Luz Guerrero Luz Guerrero (center) encourages women
facing breast cancer to not give up the fight.
The final stage of her healing took place at
the Methodist Mansfield Wound Care and
Hyperbaric Center, and now she’s able to
be active with her children.

“Some people think this is just a place to have your bandages changed, but we see all different kinds of wounds and have multiple ways of treating them,” Dr. Bass says. “More important, we look at the whole patient, considering all medical factors involved.”

A dedicated staff at the Methodist Mansfield Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center

The center has six independently practicing wound care physicians on staff, supported by a number of certified wound care nurses and a hyperbaric technologist.

“Patients like Luz get seen by several of us at different times,” Dr. Bass says. “It’s nice to have a multi-physician approach to treating more difficult wounds.”

Compassionate, consistent care

Weekly appointments help patients heal faster, according to recent studies, and also help patients feel more connected to their care providers.

“When you’re at the wound care center, you feel like you’re with your family,” Guerrero says.

From the summer 2013 edition of Shine magazine.