What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment in which the patient breathes 100% pure oxygen while inside a pressurized chamber. The air pressure inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber is about two and a half times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere. This “hyperbaric” (or high pressure) dose of oxygen helps your blood carry more oxygen to your organs and tissues to promote wound healing. It also activates the white blood cells to fight infection.
Patients typically receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy five days a week for approximately four to six weeks depending on the condition being treated. Most treatments take about two hours and the therapy is very comfortable for most patients. We also offer 1 hour and 1.5 hour treatments for patients with conditions that do not require the full two hour treatments.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be used as part of the treatment for certain conditions, including the following:
- Non-healing wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers otherwise known as Diabetic Wounds of the Lower Extremity (DWLE)
- Chronic bone infections (chronic refractory osteomyelitis)
- Post-Radiation Complications (Osteoradionecrosis & Soft Tissue Radionecrosis)
- Injury to skin or bone as a side effect from radiation therapy
- Non-healing skin grafts and flaps
- Crush injuries
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Sudden sensorineural hearing loss
- Central retinal artery occlusion
- Post-surgical healing