If you’re living with venous leg ulcers, diabetic wounds, or other slow-healing lesions, consider hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This advanced treatment exposes your body to pure oxygen, supporting your body’s natural healing process. At Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas, wound care specialists Ashley Huddleston, MD, Autumn Savage, DO, CWS-P, and the team provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy onsite as an outpatient procedure. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a noninvasive 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 regular 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.
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 survive.
By increasing the levels of oxygen in your blood, hyperbaric oxygen therapy wards off infection and promotes healing. This prevents the need for more invasive treatments like wound debridement or surgical intervention.
Wound Evolution uses hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat a variety of conditions, including:
You might also benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy if you have a bioengineered skin graft that’s at risk of tissue death.
Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine provides hyperbaric oxygen therapy onsite in its state-of-the-art offices. Prior to treatment, you remove any hair products or skin-based petroleum products and give your cell phone and any other electronics to your provider.
Afterward, you 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 treatment lasts for about two hours. Throughout treatment, the team at Wound Evolution monitors you and the therapy unit.
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, they can make recommendations that align with your individual needs. If you have an open wound that’s slow healing, you’ll likely qualify.
To explore hyperbaric oxygen therapy, schedule an appointment at Wound Evolution - Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. Call or book online today.