Sometimes, wounds don’t heal as they normally would. This can be due to an underlying medical condition such as diabetes. A number of treatment options are available for slow healing wounds, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The patient is placed inside a hyperbaric chamber. The chamber itself is adjusted so that the patient receives 100 percent oxygen at a greater pressure than usual. Sometimes, patients can receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy with a gas mask.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can accelerate wound healing because oxygen at the wound site is critical for proper healing. This type of treatment can be helpful for those with many types of wounds, including thermal burns, delayed radiation injuries, skin grafts, and others. After receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you may feel a little tired or lightheaded. These symptoms typically resolve themselves within a little while. Serious risks associated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy are rare; however, you should talk to your doctor about these risks before receiving therapy.
Fawcett Memorial Hospital provides hyperbaric oxygen therapy and other specialized services in our wound management center. Residents of North Port, Port Charlotte, and Punta Gorda can contact us at (888) 685-1599 with questions about our healthcare services, including cardiac care and senior care.