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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Chronic wounds are estimated to affect more than 7 million Americans, and that number is growing rapidly. For some people suffering from chronic wounds, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the only opportunity to heal a serious, chronic wound or even to save a limb.

Sometimes people with diabetes, poor circulation or other conditions can develop wounds that won’t heal on their own and they become chronic problems. People who were treated with radiation therapy sometimes need assistance to heal the effects of radiation. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may promote healing and help restore the quality of life for people who are having challenges with serious wounds.

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment in which you breathe pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. The hyperbaric chamber promotes healing by delivering more oxygen to oxygen-deprived tissue at a partial pressure that is 15 to 20 times greater than normal. The high concentrations of oxygen delivered to your bloodstream helps increase your body's own natural wound-healing abilities. It also helps fight certain types of infections, improves circulation and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels.

If you have a chronic wound that has been unresponsive to medications or other treatments, talk to your doctor to see if hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be right for you.

A Team of Experts

Patients who can benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy will have treatment plans customized for them. Your treatment team can include any number of the following types of specialists:

The team includes:

  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Certified Wound Care Nurses
  • Dermatologists
  • Diabetic Educators
  • Dietitians
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Orthopedic referrals

Our team also includes the following consultants:

  • Orthotists
  • Plastic Surgeons
  • Podiatrists
  • Vascular Surgeons
  • Wound Care Nurse Practitioners
  • Wound Care Physicians

What to Expect

Our doctors and nurses will be evaluating not only your wound, but also many other factors that affect wound healing.

A wound specialist will provide a thorough examination to help develop your individual plan of care. Testing may include:

  • MRI or CT scans
  • X-Rays
  • Vascular or blood flow studies
  • Blood testing, such as sugar or protein levels

Video

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

    Listen to Lorn Gordon talk about his experience with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Aspirus.