Oxygen therapy to treat hard-to-heal wounds
Baylor Scott & White Health uses oxygen therapy to treat hard-to-heal wounds that come from diabetes and diabetic neuropathy, soft-tissue damage from skin grafts and cancer radiation therapy, as well as to help salvage limbs. Oxygen therapy is when oxygen is used to begin or speed up the healing process.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has you breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized environment, which increases the oxygen levels in body tissue to help heal and fight infection. One benefit is blood vessel growth in areas that have been deprived of oxygen due to poor blood flow. Increased blood flow to the area of an oxygen-starved wound also results in increased healing.
Comprehensive wound programs at Baylor Scott & White have several types of hyperbaric oxygen chambers at various locations. Monoplace chambers can hold only one person at a time, whereas a multispace chamber is designed to hold up to eight people at once. Each hyperbaric oxygen therapy session typically last approximately 90 minutes.