What kind of wounds can hyperbaric oxygen therapy treat?
Generally, wounds show substantial healing progress within two weeks of injury and will be completely healed within four weeks or less. Wound healing that takes longer is usually delayed because the wound does not have enough blood supply to bring in the oxygen needed for healing. Delayed-healing wounds will very often respond to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
A common wound-healing problem is diabetic ulcer. Diabetics often have thickened small blood vessels called microangiopathy that block oxygen diffusion into tissue. Over time, particularly when blood sugar is not under excellent control, diabetics can develop injury to nerves in their legs called peripheral neuropathy, preventing them from feeling pain normally. Small soft-tissue injuries to the foot that would ordinarily be painful are easily overlooked until they become more severe.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Indications: Approved Use Off labeled uses: HBOT has been found to be helpful in a vast number of conditions, including the following:
• Air or gas embolism
• Carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke
• Inhalation carbon monoxide by cyanide poisoning
• Clostridial myonecrosis (gas gangrene)
• Crush injury, compartment syndrome, andother acute traumatic ischemia’s
• Decompression sickness
• Enhancement of healing in selected problems
• Exceptional blood loss of anemia
• Necrotizing soft tissue infections (subcutaneous tissue, muscle, fascia)
• Osteomyelitis (refractory)
• Systemic or local factors that af fect immune surveillance, metabolism and local vascularity
• Radiation tissue damage (osteoradionecrosis)
• Skin grafts and flaps (compromise d)
• Thermal burns
• Adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen intercranial abscess
• Brown recluse spider bites
• Cerebral palsy
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Head injuries and concussion
• Infections of all types , including Lyme’s
• Heart attacks
• Chronic fatigue
• Sports injuries
• Migraine headaches
• Trigeminal neuralgia
• Raynaud’s phenomenon
• Vascular disease
• Crohn’s disease
• Decreased immune function
• Venomous bites
• Before and after surgery
• General wellness and Prevention
These are just some of the many conditions that can be improved through HBOT with continued use. Your doctor will determine if this treatment can benefit your individual condition after performing a physical examination and reviewing your medical history.
The approved conditions are the only ones that can be treated by a hospital-based center. However, we are a freestanding center, and are not restricted to treating only these problems. HBOT is beneficial in any condition that would improve with increased oxygen levels. Specifically, it has been found to be helpful in a vast number of conditions, including the following:
• Soft-tissue radionecrosis and osteoradionecrosis, which are caused by radiation treatment of cancer
• Osteomyelitis or bone infections
• Venous stasis ulcers or wounds caused by damaged leg veins
What neurological conditions can hyperbaric oxygen therapy treat?
• Cerebral Palsy
• Multiple sclerosis
• Brain injury from near drowning or electrical shock
Reduced oxygen supply, which may be enough to keep uninjured tissue healthy, may not be enough to supply the increased oxygen demand of wound healing and the diabetic wound frequently becomes chronic.
HBOT works over time by stimulating new blood vessels to grow into the wound, improving oxygen delivery and promoting wound healing. HBOT has been proven to reduce the amputation rate in patients with diabetic ulcers.