If you’re living with venous leg ulcers, diabetic wounds, pilonidal cysts, or other slow-healing lesions, hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be the solution for lasting relief. This advanced treatment exposes your body to pure oxygen, supporting your body’s natural healing process and speeding up your recovery. At Wound Evolution in Fort Worth, Dallas, San Antonio, Texas, and Overland Park, Kansas, the team of wound care specialists provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy onsite as an outpatient procedure. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.

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What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a non-invasive treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room. The oxygen levels inside a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber are three times higher than normal air pressure. In these conditions, your lungs can gather more oxygen, which isn’t possible in a traditional clinical setting.

As you inhale the enhanced oxygen, your blood carries it throughout your body. This protects you from harmful bacteria and stimulates the release of growth factors and stem cells, two microscopic components that encourage healing.

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How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?

Oxygen plays a crucial role in healing after an injury. The soft tissues throughout your body, including your skin, need oxygen to thrive. If you experience an ulcer, wound, cut, or abrasion, your tissue requires higher levels of oxygen to heal. Red blood cells are responsible for transporting oxygen through the blood. 

After an injury, tissues may be deprived of oxygen, leading to further damage or difficulty healing. Without oxygen, the cells are unable to defend themselves from bacteria and cannot regenerate. This can slow down the healing process or even cause it to stop completely. Inhaling oxygen on its own is not enough to jumpstart the process. 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy delivers concentrated oxygen that can permeate areas where circulation has become reduced or cut off. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the levels of oxygen in your blood, warding off infection and promoting healing. This prevents the need for more invasive treatments like wound debridement or surgical intervention.

What Conditions Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Treat?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used for a wide variety of wounds both on its own or in conjunction with other therapies. Because it stimulates the body’s natural healing process, it is beneficial for almost any type of wound. Wound Evolution uses hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs
  • Preparation/preservation of compromised skin grafts/flaps
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Radiation cystitis
  • Radiation proctitis
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency

You might also benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy if you have a bioengineered skin graft that’s at risk of tissue death. 

What Happens During Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Wound Evolution Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine provides hyperbaric oxygen therapy onsite in its state-of-the-art offices. Prior to treatment, you will be asked to remove any hair products or skin-based petroleum products and give your provider your cell phone and any other electronics.

Afterward, you will sit or lie down on an exam table and place a lightweight mask or hood over your head. The mask or hood releases a steady stream of oxygen directly into your lungs. The increased air pressure may cause your ears to pop like they would on an airplane or at high altitudes. To relieve pressure, you can yawn or swallow.

The hyperbaric oxygen treatment lasts for about two hours, although the exact time may vary. Throughout your treatment, the team at Wound Evolution monitors you and the therapy unit. 

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After Your Treatment

Once the treatment is complete, your therapist will slowly depressurize the oxygen. This will allow you to transition back to normal levels easily. You may feel a bit lightheaded or tired, which will resolve shortly after your treatment. Most patients require multiple hyperbaric oxygen treatments for best results.

Our specialists will recommend how many treatments will be right for you during your evaluation. The exact number will depend on your type of wound, the severity, and how well it responds to the hyperbaric oxygen treatment.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

To determine if you’re a good candidate for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the team at Wound Evolution conducts a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about your lifestyle and symptoms. After gathering this information, our staff can make treatment recommendations that align with your individual needs. If you have an open wound that’s slow healing, you’ll likely qualify for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy FAQs

Will I need more than one hyperbaric oxygen treatment?

How long does a hyperbaric oxygen treatment last?

When will I begin to see results?

Will I need more than one hyperbaric oxygen treatment?

The number of treatments depends on the indication for which you are diving. Please contact one of our centers to get more information.

How long does a hyperbaric oxygen treatment last?

Treatments last for two hours.

When will I begin to see results?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps stimulate your body’s natural healing response. Results will depend on compliance with the plan of care and severity of your condition.

Schedule Your Consultation

Wound Evolution Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine offer a range of therapies to treat new and chronic wounds. We have several convenient locations throughout Texas and Kansas, each with a dedicated team of wound care specialists. 

Wound Evolution helps create a customized treatment plan for patients to help you find lasting relief. To explore hyperbaric oxygen therapy, schedule an appointment at Wound Evolution Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. Call or book online today.

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