Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment that is used to treat a limited, but diverse series of illnesses. In order to provide patients with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO), a pressurized chamber is necessary. The patient is placed within the chamber, which is then compressed to the level ordered by the consulting hyperbaric physician, using pure oxygen.
This hyperbaric (or high pressure) dose of oxygen offers distinct therapeutic benefits. These include but aren’t limited to:
• Increased oxygen delivery to the injured tissue
• Greater blood vessel formation
• Advanced wound healing
• Improved infection control
• Preservation of damaged tissues
• Elimination of toxic substances
• Reduced effects from toxic substances
• Reduction or elimination of tissue obstruction by gas bubbles
The above effects may occur with only one or two treatments. However, it may be necessary to undergo as many as 30-40 treatments for maximum benefit.
Appropriate Indications for Hyperbaric Referral:
• Chronic, non-healing wound/ulcer or diabetic foot ulcer (Wagner’s Grade 3 or greater)
• Compromised skin grafts and skin flaps
• Late effects of radiation therapy (soft tissue/osteonecrosis)
• Osteoradionecrosis (mandible)
• Refractory osteomyelitis
Oxygen, when breathed under increased atmospheric pressure, is a potent drug. In addition to the beneficial effects that have been listed, hyperbaric oxygen can produce noticeable toxic effects if administered indiscriminately. Safe time-dose limits have been established for hyperbaric oxygen exposure, and these limitations form the basis for today’s treatment protocols.
In cases where new blood vessel formation is the primary goal, as many as 30 to 40 treatments may be necessary. The precise number of treatments will often depend upon the clinical response of each patient.
Treatments last approximately two hours and are provided daily, Monday through Friday, in our state-of-the-art outpatient setting located on the Winchester Medical Center campus. Our staff is highly skilled and trained in hyperbaric medicine and wound care.
Patient Referral and Consultation Procedures
Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy are offered as non-acute, outpatient services only. To refer patients for an evaluation please call the Center for Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. A consultation appointment will be made for the patient once all appropriate case documentation has been received.
The Center for Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is located on the Winchester Medical Center campus behind the Hurst Hospitality House. Click here for a campus map.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed on weekends and holidays
Toll Free: 866-553-4219