Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care
After an initial evaluation, each patient receives a comprehensive, individualized plan to help heal these complicated wounds. We are committed to providing care with dignity and respect. And we focus on the whole person by considering all your needs, because we know this is an integral part of the healing process. Our staff will coordinate your care with your primary care physician, specialty care providers, and or home health agencies to ensure you overall well-being.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a specialized treatment that allows you to breathe pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. High concentrations of oxygen are delivered to the bloodstream, ranging from 10 to 20 times the normal amount. This pure oxygen can penetrate areas that oxygen-carrying red blood cells cannot reach. As a result, it helps revitalize tissues that receive poor blood flow and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels.
Most recently it has been discovered that HBO causes stem cells to be mobilized from bone marrow to the wound site. This may help explain the healing which occurs. Increased oxygen also enables more infection-fighting white blood cells to reach affected areas. Most patients require treatment over the course of several weeks to effectively treat wounds. Increased oxygen also enables more infection-fighting white blood cells to reach affected areas. Most patients require treatment over the course of several weeks to effectively treat wounds.
The HBO2 Treatment Experience
Hyperbaric therapy is painless and most patients watch movies or sleep during their treatments. A Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT) will monitor your treatment at all times and a physician will always be nearby. During treatment, once you are comfortably positioned inside the chamber, the technologist will slowly increase the air pressure. As the pressure increases initially and decreases at the end of the treatment, you may notice the same sensation you sometimes feel when changing altitude in an airplane. Your technologist will monitor you at all times and will help you equalize the pressure between your ears.
- Select problem wounds
- Diabetic wounds
- Delayed radiation tissue injury
- Wound in an irritated field
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps, as well as post-operative wound complications
- Refractory Osteomyelitis (Bone Infection)
- Diving Accidents (decompression illness)
- Iatrogentic Gas Embolism
- Nectrotizing soft tissue infection and Clostridial myonecrosis (Gas GanGreen)
- Crush injury and Compartment Syndrome
- Select Chronic Non-Healing Wounds
- Acute Ischema (from trauma or blocked arteries)
- Hyperbaric therapy