Problem wounds are those that fail to respond to established medical and surgical management in a 4-6 week time frame. Such wounds usually develop in compromised hosts with multiple local and systemic factors contributing to the inhibition of tissue repair. These include diabetic foot ulcers, compromised amputation sites, non-healing traumatic wounds, and vascular insufficiency ulcers (ulcers with poor circulation). All share the common problem of tissue hypoxia (low tissue oxygen level, usually related to impaired circulation).
Promote Wound Healing with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The elevation in tissue oxygen, which occurs in the hyperbaric chamber, induces significant changes in the wound repair process that promotes wound healing. When hyperbaric treatment used in conjunction with standard wound care, improved results have been demonstrated in the healing of difficult or limb-threatening wounds as compared to routine wound care alone.
The Healing Power of Hyperbaric Medicine
HBOT helps white blood cells kill bacteria, and help osteoclast clean up the dead and infected bone. Once the infection is under control and all the dead bone is gone, new bone is laid down by osteoclasts. These processes require high levels of oxygen to function optimally. HBOT also helps antibiotics work better, and in conjunction with some antibiotics, helps eradicate the biofilms that form in many of these cases.
Increases White Blood Cell Effectiveness
Stimulates Release of Stem Cells
Improves Quality of Life in Patients
Most Conditions Covered by Insurance
How Long Does a Hyperbaric Treatment Take?
Most HBOT treatments generally take about 2 hours. Treatments for some indications can last up to 4 hours. Serious diving injuries can require a treatment for longer than 5 hours. The hyperbaric physician will determine how long each patient’s HBOT treatment will last.
Does Insurance Cover Hyperbaric Treatments?
Coverage for HBO is dependent on your insurance company’s Coverage Determination Policy.
Some indications are still not covered or coverage can vary by insurance provider. Contact us to verify coverage.