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Designed with the needs of orthopedic patients in mind, the Waters 3 Surgical Special Care Unit combines thoughtful touches that make recovery easier with a pleasant, home-like atmosphere and amenities usually found in luxury hotels.
Following a recent a $1.2 million renovation designed by architect Charles Michelson in consultation with St. Mary’s orthopedic surgeons, the Unit’s 16 spacious, private rooms offer post-operative patients the comfort and privacy needed to assist in a speedy recovery.
Welcome amenities like wireless internet, personal refrigerators, and flat-screen televisions make your time with us more enjoyable, while orthopedic-friendly features such as roll-in showers and automatic faucets ease your recovery.
And throughout your stay, our specialized nursing staff combined with an outstanding 3-to-1 nursing ratio help provide you with exceptional care.
- Nurses Station
- Nurse Call System
- Remodeled Waiting Areas with New Furniture
Recovery Support Features in Every Room:
- Touchless Sink Faucets
- No-Curb Showers (handicap-accessible)
- Sink and Toilet Heights Minimize Bending and Joint Stress
- Easy Nurse-Call System
- Tube Delivery System
Elegant Room Amenities:
- Contemporary Furniture
- Spacious Work Area
- Wireless Internet
- 32-inch Flat Screen TV’s
- Maple Cabinetry with Redwood Granite Countertops
- Patient Personal Refrigerator
- Personal Safes
- Room and Bed Lighting
- Reading Area with Special Lighting
- Artwork featuring Tropical Foliage
- Bathroom Tile and Mirrors
- Window Treatments
The Paley Advanced Limb Lengthening Institute and St Mary’s offer a complete range of Advanced Imaging Radiology Services, specializing in musculoskeletal radiology. Our Radiology services feature the latest digital imaging technology. Services include the highest quality General X-ray, MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Dexa Scan, Fluoroscopy, Arthrogram, Myelogram, Bone Scan and Nuclear Medicine Services.
Aquatic PT can begin 7 to 10 days postoperatively when active bleeding has ceased and the therapist at the PALLI Rehabilitation Department has cleared the patient to start. Aquatic exercises will incorporate movement in a warm, buoyant environment, utilize as much AROM as possible, and include manual stretches as deemed. By allowing active range of motion, this environment helps to avoid significant muscle weakness, and is especially helpful when both legs are being lengthened and the patient is confined to a wheelchair on the land. Standing and walking in the water enables simulated weight bearing and gait progression. Participation in aquatic therapy also aids in keeping the pin sites clean.
Aquatic Therapy currently takes place at the Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adults on Palm Beach. Patients use the heated, in-ground therapy pool, participating in either individual or group sessions.
Sometimes the body’s natural healing ability isn’t enough. When that happens, the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at St. Mary’s is ready to help, with advanced technology and professional expertise. Benefits may include shorter healing time, fewer days in the hospital, prevention of permanent disability, and less chance of amputation.
So how do you know when a wound requires advanced wound-healing care? Indications include:
- A wound that hasn’t healed for over 30 days.
- Bone infection (osteomyelitis)
- Skin tears or lacerations
- Post-operative infections
- Diabetic ulcers
- Venous ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Peripheral Vascular Disease ulcers
- Slow- or non-healing surgical wounds
- Brown recluse spider wounds
- Failing or compromised skin/muscle grafts or flaps
- Radiation tissue injury and minor burns
There are many types of wounds, and many factors that contribute to healing. Our multidisciplinary team of wound-care specialists includes doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and hyperbaric technologists who are experienced and knowledgeable in the many facets and phases of wound care.
Our comprehensive approach includes:
- Team of Affiliated Physicians
- Wound Specialists
- Wound Assessment
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Patient Education (Exercise & Prevention)
- Diabetic Education
- Skin Care & Advanced Wound Dressings
- Infectious Disease Management
- Vascular Consultations
- Plastic Surgery Consultations
- Podiatry Consultations
- X-Ray & Bone Scans
- Compression Therapy
- Decongestive Therapy for Lymphedema Management
The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center at St. Mary’s provides advanced, evidence-based treatment interventions for chronic, non-healing wounds. Each patient receives an individual evaluation and customized treatment plan. Advanced treatment modalities include compression therapy, non-surgical skin grafts, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure therapy, and manual lymphatic drainage.
The Hyperbaric Medicine Center
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a non-invasive and painless way of delivering high doses of oxygen to the body, thus helping to heal conditions that have been resistant to other forms of medical treatment. This treatment places a person in a pressurized chamber, allowing more oxygen to enter the bloodstream, which promotes healing in the tissue.
Accepted Indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy:
- Diabetic foot ulcer that has not responded to conventional wound treatment
- Tissue damage from radiation therapy
- Bone damage from radiation therapy
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Osteomyelitis that has not responded to antibiotics
- Necrotizing infections (flesh-eating bacterial infection)
- Crush injury to limbs or digits
- Severed limbs or digits
- Acute trauma to limbs or digits resulting in loss of oxygen to the area
- Acute problems with arterial circulation in the limbs
- Actinomycosis that has not responded to antibiotics
- Gas gangrene
- Cyanide poisoning
- Gas embolism (air bubble in the blood)
- Acute carbon monoxide poisoning
- Decompression illness (Bends)
Preparing for Treatment
Prior to your first treatment, a member of the hyperbaric team will discuss the exact preparations necessary to maximize the effectiveness of your therapy. You will be asked about any medications you are taking and any recent illnesses. You will be provided with comfortable cotton garments to wear during your treatment, and you will be instructed on what items can and cannot enter the chamber with you.
What will I feel while inside the chamber?
Treatments take place in a comfortable, climate-controlled chamber with a clear Plexiglas top. As the chamber pressurizes, you will experience fullness in the ears, similar to the feeling noted when an airplane is taking off. Before the treatment, you will be taught how to clear your ears to relieve this fullness. When the treatment pressure prescribed by the physician is reached, the feeling of fullness in the ears decreases and you will feel normal again. During the treatment you can read, nap, or watch TV or a movie. As the treatment concludes, the pressure decreases, similar to the feeling of a plane landing.
How long do treatments last?
Hyperbaric treatments typically last two hours, five days a week for four to six weeks. Your physician will determine the number of treatments that will be most beneficial to you.
Possible Side Effects
Although rare, side effects may include temporary vision changes, ear pain from pressure, and oxygen toxicity. Your physician and hyperbaric technician will explain these prior to treatment.
Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s Medical Center
St. Mary’s Medical Center as been serving the medical needs of children for more than 70 years, and in 2004 we opened the only dedicated children’s hospital between Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Today, the staff of the Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s is committed to continuing our faith-based heritage in meeting the medical and healthcare needs of all children.
Our 81 Bed Children’s Hospital Provides:
- Two general Pediatric Units
- The only Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit in Palm Beach County
- A Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
- A State-Approved Pediatric Trauma Referral Center
- A 24-hour dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department
- Membership in the National Cancer Institute’s Children’s Oncology Group, with access to the latest treatments
- Asthma, breathing, lung care (Pulmonary)
- Cancer Services (Hematology/Oncology)
- Cystic Fibrosis Center
- Diabetes & Endocrinology
- Diabetes Educator
- Digestive, liver (Gastroenterology)
- Emergency Medicine
- Pediatric Intensive Care
- Outpatient Surgery
- PICU Transport Team
- Sickle Cell Program
- Specialized pediatric surgical services
In the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast, there’s only one hospital devoted exclusively to children and their unique needs—the Children’s Hospital at St. Mary’s.
The Children’s Hospital offers a wide array of specialized services to help all children lead healthier, happier lives:
- 24-hour dedicated pediatric emergency department
- Pediatric trauma center
- Cystic Fibrosis center
- Specialized pediatric surgical services
- Pediatric intensive care
- Pediatric Diabetes program
- Pediatric cancer care
- Pediatric Epilepsy program
As one of the select hospitals in the nation accepted into the Children’s Oncology Group—a co-op organization supported by the National Cancer Institute that performs clinical trials—we’re able to offer our patients access to the latest treatments for childhood cancers. And because hospitalization is never easy for children, our Child Life Specialists work closely with our young patients to help reduce the stress and anxiety they feel, while the Quantum House offers their families a nearby home away from home.