Who Benefits from HBOT
The Creedon Wound Center has the ability to treat more complex situations that might require even more specialized care and advanced technologies, one of which is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or HBOT.
HBOT is a valuable option we offer for patients who might benefit from this kind of medical treatment. There are a number of different conditions that could benefit from HBOT, including:
- A person with diabetes and a wound that is slow to heal, or is not healing
- Someone with damaged tissue from radiation therapy
- Someone with a skin graft that has a questionable blood supply
- Certain infections of the bone and/or skin
- Anyone with a wound that has shown no significant improvement in 4 or more weeks
How HBOT Works
With this therapy a patient breathes 100% oxygen while under atmospheric pressure in a hyperbaric chamber. This is sometimes helpful in wound healing because breathing 100% oxygen under atmospheric pressure dissolves more oxygen in your body’s blood, which is then delivered to those areas that are having trouble healing due to the lack of oxygen in the surrounding tissues.
The chamber allows us to regulate the atmospheric pressure. The experience inside the chamber is a little like what you might experience scuba diving beneath the surface of the water, which is why some people refer to a treatment session as a “dive.”
Length of an HBOT Session
An average treatment session lasts approximately two hours, and while many patients find it so relaxing they fall asleep, others choose to watch movies or television programming on the flat screen TVs that each of our tanks are equipped with.
During the entire session however, your progress will be monitored by a highly trained technician who will always keep you in plain sight 100% of the time, as well as by one of our skilled, on-site physicians who have also extensive training in HBOT.