Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 101

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is used as an adjunctive treatment for problematic, non-healing wounds that meet specific criteria. Throughout HBOT treatments, patients are monitored to see if the concentration of oxygen has increased in the blood near the wound. If the oxygen level is higher, the therapy would most likely be beneficial. 

During the treatment, the patient breathes 100% oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, which quickly increases the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream, delivering it to the patient's wound site resulting in faster healing. HBOT therapy helps heal the wound from the inside out. This therapy can reduce swelling, fight infection, and build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue. It is also effective in fighting certain types of infections, improving circulation, stimulating growth of new blood vessels, and treating crush injuries, osteomyelitis, compromised skin grafts and flaps, brown recluse spider bites, and diabetic wounds of the lower extremities.