Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

For diabetics who have a difficult time healing wounds, hyperbaric oxygen therapy may provide some much-needed relief. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses this therapy.

Dr. Hill:

Hyperbaric oxygen chambers expose patients to high levels of oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure. Hyperbaric oxygen has been used for years to cure scuba divers of the bends and to treat carbon monoxide poisoning. New research shows that this may be a good treatment for non-healing wounds in diabetic patients.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment that exposes patients to high pressure oxygen, which aids in the healing process of diseased tissues. The treatment is received while comfortably lying in a specially designed pressurized chamber with 100 percent oxygen. The hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases oxygen content in the blood and helps heal the wounds.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can provide the following benefits:

Advanced wound healing

Increased oxygen delivery to injured tissue

Perfusion of damaged tissue

Greater blood vessel formation

Improved infection control, and

Elimination and reduced effects of toxic substances

The hyperbaric treatment is generally administered for two to three hours a day for several weeks. This treatment can be done on an outpatient basis.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.