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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen is a critical component for the body’s tissues to function properly. If tissues are injured, they require greater amounts of oxygen to recover. When the body receives an increased amount of oxygen, it restores the normal level of blood gases and tissue function. This, in turn, encourages healing and combats infection.

With hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the body is enveloped in 100 percent pure oxygen at a greater pressure than normal, forcing more oxygen into the tissue. The results are the formation of new blood vessels and an increase in the speed of healing.

How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?

For the advanced treatment of wounds, the IHS Wound Centers operate hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Under a doctor’s supervision, patients lie in this chamber. The chamber’s atmosphere is 100% oxygen under pressure. The pressurized oxygen diffuses into the blood more easily, and this oxygen-rich plasma can reach up to three times farther into the damaged tissue. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment also has reduced the amputation rate, and the treatment actually boosts immune system function.

The oxygen therapy typically lasts about 2 hours receiving regular consistent treatments depending on what your physician has ordered to help you heal.

Benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy include:

  • Advanced wound healing
  • Formation of new blood vessels
  • Diminishing infection
  • Preparation and preservation of damaged soft tissue
  • Reduction of bone infection

Commonly treated conditions include:

  • Chronic bone infections
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis and osteoradionecrosis
  • Non-healing diabetic foot ulcers
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Radiation cystitis/proctitis
  • Crush injury
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia

To schedule an appointment in the Butler or Clarion Areas, call 833-604-7211. For an appointment in the Westmoreland Area, call 877-771-1234.

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