Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Wounds and Vascular Disease

Medical City Plano has state-of-the-art equipment available for wound treatments with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, also known as HBOT. It is an advanced type of care for chronic wounds and vascular (blood vessels) disease.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a non-invasive procedure during which the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while fully enclosed in a specially designed chamber at increased atmospheric pressure. HBO is used to promote and support healing in the management of conditions in which oxygen transport to the tissues has been disrupted by traumatic injury, infection, inflammation or edema. This oxygen-rich environment allows the body’s natural wound-healing mechanisms to function more effectively, dramatically speeding up the healing process of chronic wounds.

Our hyperbaric oxygen chambers utilize the latest technology and include a patient friendly pressurization alternative (Smooth-Ride) that minimizes complications due to middle ear and sinus barotraumas without increasing compression time.

Benefits of HBOT therapy:

  • An increase in oxygen concentration in all body tissues
  • Growth of new blood vessels to locations with decreased circulation
  • Treatment of infection

HBOT is the treatment of choice for wounds resulting from:

  • Vascular disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Trauma / injury
  • Radiation injury to soft tissue and other problem wounds

How does HBOT therapy work?

HBOT is used as an adjunctive treatment for problematic, non-healing wounds that meet specific criteria; it is expected that 10 to 20 percent of the wound care cases will do so. Throughout HBOT treatments, the 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 is most likely beneficial to the patient.

During the treatments, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, quickly increasing the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream, where it is delivered to a patient’s wound site for faster healing. Essentially, HBOT therapy helps heal the wound from the inside out. This therapy can help 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, in stimulating growth of new blood vessels, and in treating crush injuries, osteomyelitis, compromised skin grafts and flaps, brown recluse spider bites and diabetic wounds of the lower extremities.