Under normal conditions, a healthy network of veins and arteries circulates enough oxygen for tissues to heal properly. But people with compromised immune function, circulatory disorders, diabetes or other health conditions may be slow to recover from wounds because of insufficient blood supply.
Better Chance at Recovery with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Speeding up the circulation process through hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can give patients a better chance at recovery and potentially avert the need for limb amputation or tissue removal.
Oxygen plays a vital role in the body’s healing process. By increasing oxygen from 20 percent in normal air to 100 percent under pressurized conditions in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, the lungs and skin are able to absorb more oxygen in less time. Speeding up the circulation process can, in turn, give patients a better chance at recovery and potentially avert the need for limb amputation or tissue removal.
Uses for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The Wound Center uses hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for all kinds of wounds – natural, injury-related and post-surgical. Oxygen therapy may be used to treat both acute wounds that are sudden, severe and short term, as well as chronic wounds that are ongoing, last longer than three months or come back regularly.
Experiencing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
HBOT is provided through a comfortable climate-controlled, see-through chamber with private entertainment system. Patients entering a hyperbaric chamber will initially experience a change in air pressure in their ears, which is similar to what occurs during an airplane landing. The length and number of treatments with hyperbaric oxygen depends on the condition and its severity.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Patients with Diabetes
A diabetic foot ulcer is an open sore or wound that occurs in approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes and is commonly located on the bottom of the foot. If you have diabetes, you may have an increased risk for developing foot sores, or ulcers. Foot ulcers are the most common reason for hospital stays for people with diabetes. Studies have shown that HBOT may facilitate the healing of foot ulcers in diabetic patients.