Hyperbaric Medicine

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an advanced wound treatment to increase a person's blood oxygen level, which can prevent tissue death, promote healing, and help fight infection. This treatment involves a person being in an enclosed chamber while 100% oxygen is pumped in at high pressure. Breathing the high-pressure oxygen enhances the antimicrobial effects of the immune system, reduces swelling while flooding the tissues with oxygen, and stimulates the development of new blood vessels. Your immune system is bolstered by the hyperbaric oxygen and several classes of antibiotics are also enhanced by the therapy. Delayed radiation damage, refractory bone infection and severe diabetic ulcers are among the widely recognized indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. 

Conditions*

  • Compromised grafts and flaps
  • Delayed radiation injury
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcer (Wagner Grade 3+)
  • Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Refractory osteomyelitis

*Other indications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Accredited Center

The Wound Healing Center is fully accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Accreditation recognizes the highest level of treatment and patient safety. Accreditation is voluntarily, and while not yet widely required by insurance companies, some are beginning to include accreditation as part of their criteria in paying for hyperbaric treatment.