Patients with stubborn wounds can now benefit from the same oxygen therapy that helps deep-sea divers recover from decompression sickness and professional athletes recover from injuries.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a new wound care option available now at Edward Hospital. This type of therapy helps the body's natural ability to heal by delivering oxygen quickly and in high concentrations to injured areas.
Conditions we treat with hperbaric oxygen therapy:
Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
Soft tissue radionecrosis
Diabetic ulcers of the lower extremities
Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts
SERVICE: HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY
Frequently asked questions about hyperbaric oxygen therapy:
Q. What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
A. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is defined as breathing 100% oxygen while in an enclosed system pressurized to greater than two atmosphere (sea level).
Q. How does HBOT enhance wound healing?
A. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy delivers oxygen quickly and in high concentrations to injured areas. The increased pressure changes the normal cellular respiration process and causes oxygen to dissolve in the plasma. This results in a substantial increase in tissue oxygenation. HBOT is beneficial because it stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and increases oxygenation that can arrest certain types of infections and enhance wound healing.
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Q. Who qualifies for HBOT?
A. Patients must go through at least 30 days of conventional wound treatment before trying this therapy. They also must have enough blood flow to the wound area to make HBOT viable. In the United States, almost all health care plans reimburse HBOT treatments for conditions listed above.
Q. How often is HBOT administered?
A. Although treatment schedules will vary, most treatments will be administered during two-hour sessions, several times a week. Acute conditions may require a treatment period of 10 days or less, while chronic conditions may require therapy over a few weeks. The average patient will receive 25 to 30 treatments over five to six weeks.
Q. What does a patient experience during treatment?
A. The first stage of treatment is compression, in which the pressure inside the system is gradually increased. The temperature will rise and later be adjusted to a comfortable level. The patient will feel fullness in the ears. Instruction is provided to help clear the pressure and relieve temporary discomfort. Inside the chamber, the patient can watch TV or movies, listen to music or just relax. The patient will take short " air breaks" through a breathing mask every 45 minutes. They also can speak with the hyperbaric oxygen therapy technician through a speaker in the chamber.
Q. Will insurance cover HBOT?
A. Almost all health care plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, reimburse for HBOT treatments performed on currently accepted disorders.
Sources: Perry Baromedical, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services