Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for wounds that do not heal as a result of diabetes, poor circulation, infection, or radiation injury.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) allows patients to breathe100% oxygen while lying inside a pressurized chamber. Breathing 100% oxygen at increased pressure increases the amount of oxygen available to the body’s organs and tissues. This helps the body fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing. HBO improves the effects of certain antibiotics, activates white blood cells to fight infection, and promotes the healing of chronic wounds.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used in combination with other wound treatments for patients with:
- Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
- Delayed radiation injuries
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Other chronic non-healing wounds
HBOT helps wound healing by bringing oxygen-rich plasma to tissue starved for oxygen.
HBOT prevents "reperfusion injury." Reperfusion injury is the severe tissue damage that occurs after the blood supply returns to the tissues that have been deprived of oxygen.
HBOT helps block the action of harmful bacteria and strengthens the body's immune system. HBOT can disable the toxins of certain bacteria. HBOT improves the ability of white blood cells to find and destroy invaders.
HBOT encourages the formation of new collagen and new skin cells.
The chamber is cylinder-shaped allowing you to lie comfortably within it during treatment. You can watch TV, listen to music or even take a nap during treatment. A technician trained in hyperbaric medicine will stay with you at all times while you receive treatment.
Your physician may order 30-60 hyperbaric treatments which generally last two hours a day, five days a week. Following an evaluation by a certified Tulsa Wound Center physician, you will be given detailed instructions on how to prepare for treatment and what to expect during treatment.
You may contact Tulsa Wound Center at 918-561-6661 for more information or you can be referred directly by your physician.
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