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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment that grew from the experience gained by treating deep-sea divers who developed the bends. The purpose of this therapy is to increase the amount of oxygen in your tissues in a way that no other treatment can. During the treatment, you breathe 100% oxygen while the air pressure around you is slowly increased to two or three times normal pressure. This increases the oxygen in your blood up to 15 times normal.

Increased oxygen in the blood promotes new tissue growth and assists the healing process. For example, when a wound does not heal because it does not have enough blood supply, hyperbaric oxygen can increase blood vessel growth into the wound, and permit healing. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not designed to replace other proven methods of treatment. It is used as a supplement to other forms of treatment such as surgery, antibiotics and wound healing services.

The Hyperbaric Chambers

We have two one-person hyperbaric chambers which are large steel and glass cylinders in which air can be compressed to a pressure greater than normal, which increases the amount of oxygen in the blood and tissues. These chambers are designed to be as comfortable as possible and to allow full visibility for the patient. There is even a television available to entertain the patient as he or she undergoes the therapy. Trained medical personnel are present at all times to answer questions, assist patients and provide medical aid if necessary. Our staff of expert physicians are readily available to ensure safe, effective treatment.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments

The duration and number of treatments needed depends on the type and severity of each case, and is tailored for each patient accordingly. Treatments are completely painless and carry a very low risk of complication. Similar to traveling in an airplane, patients may feel the pressure change in their ears, which can typically be remedied by moving the jaw or swallowing.

Indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
  • Diabetic foot wounds (with glycemic control)
  • Gas gangrene
  • Crash injury
  • Decompression sickness
  • Arterial insufficiencies
  • Severe anemia
  • Intracranial abscess
  • Necrotizing soft-tissue infections
  • Chronic Osteomyelitis
  • Delayed radiation injury
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Thermal burn injury
  • Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss