Oxygen makes wounds heal faster. That’s why our four wound care locations offer advanced hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) delivered by a highly trained staff of hyperbaric specialists.
The benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy are:
- Faster wound healing
- Preservation of damaged tissues
- Infection control
- Increased blood vessel formation
- Reduction in post-traumatic edema
How hyperbaric oxygen therapy speeds healing
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) speeds up your natural healing processes, boosting oxygen levels in your blood and plasma by 15 – 20 times the normal amount. The blood circulating in your body floods your tissues with much-needed oxygen that not only helps fight infection but encourages the formation of new small blood vessels.
What happens during hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy
During HBO therapy, you breathe 100% oxygen while lying inside a hyperbaric treatment chamber set at a pressure greater than sea level. The increased oxygen is delivered to needed tissues where there is sufficient and insufficient blood flow. Oxygen-rich blood helps fight infection, supports tissue growth, reduces edema and promotes wound healing.
What to expect from your treatment sessions
You can lie comfortably in the hyperbaric chamber listening to music, or watching movies or favorite television shows. With the increased oxygen, you may feel a temporary fullness in your ears, very similar to how you might feel on an airplane.
Each treatment session lasts approximately two hours, and most wounds require 30 to 40 treatments. However, this is dependent on your individual case. As with any treatment, there could be possible side effects. Generally, side effects are minimal.
Medical conditions that can be helped from hyperbaric oxygen therapy at our centers are:
- Arterial insufficiencies
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Crush injuries
- Delayed radiation injury
- Diabetic wounds
- Gas gangrene
- Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Traumatic ischemia