Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Sometimes wounds will not respond to general wound care treatments alone. For some patients, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) from UnityPoint Clinic - Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine in Peoria is needed for complete healing.
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
HBOT is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment in which the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. The treatment quickly sends high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream to heal wounds and fight infections.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Benefits
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy promotes the healing of chronic wounds and patients can experience the following benefits:
- Accelerates wound healing
- Reduces cell death and infection
- Eliminates deadly substances
- Preserves injured tissue
- Stimulates the growth of new blood vessels
- Improves blood circulation
Conditions Treated by Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is proven effective in creating a healing response for a full range of injuries and illnesses, including:
- Diabetic ulcers of the lower legs, ankles, and feet
- Post-radiation tissue injury
- Osteomyelitis (inflammatory bone disease)
- Crush injuries
- Failing skin grafts and flaps
- Necrotizing soft tissue (dying tissue) infections
What is a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber?
Our wound center administers HBOT in a private setting in state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen chambers that are comfortable and see-through. This allows our trained technicians to closely monitor patients, as well as allowing the patient to be in constant view and communication with the attending technician. A patient can watch television, listen to music or just rest during treatments.
How Long Does HBOT Last?
The number of treatments you receive will depend on your diagnosis, but most treatments last 90 minutes and are administered once or twice daily, Monday through Friday. Treatment may last anywhere between a few days to several weeks.
Contact UnityPoint Clinic - Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine in Peoria for more information. A physician's referral is not required.