Overview

The body needs oxygen to heal, hyperbaric oxygen therapy delivers high doses of it to your body — up to 10 times more than what you would normally breathe in. Treatment involves breathing 100% oxygen through special head gear while you relax in a sealed, pressurized treatment room (hyperbaric chamber). You’ll be able to listen to music, watch TV or a movie, or simply rest. A trained staff member is always nearby.

Hyperbaric wound treatment, also known as hyperbaric medicine, helps heal a wound from the inside out. This therapy can reduce swelling, fight infection, improve circulation, and build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue.

Treatment is spread out over multiple sessions, with most patients needing five a week for four to six weeks to receive the full benefits. The number of sessions you need depends on your type of wound and your body’s response to treatment. Each session lasts about one to two hours.

Medicare covers hyperbaric oxygen therapy for many types of chronic, non-healing wounds. Most private insurance companies follow Medicare rules. Before you start treatment, we’ll review your plan with you so you’ll know if hyperbaric oxygen therapy is covered.

Why Choose Mercy Health?
Mercy Health offers the most advanced wound care therapies available — including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which is proven to speed the healing process. Our experts are specially trained in wound care, and will work as a team to create an individualized treatment plan to help you return to the health and mobility you deserve.

Common Conditions

Bedsores
Bone and tissue injury resulting from radiation treatment 
Burns
Carbon monoxide poisoning 
Compromised skin grafts and flaps 
Diabetic foot ulcers 
Gangrene
Necrotizing soft tissue infections
Wounds that have not healed in several weeks
Wounds caused by poor circulation or trauma
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