Hyperbaric Wound Treatment – Healing tough wounds with oxygen
Hyperbaric wound treatment is a much trusted use for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Cases around the world have shown the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in treating even the toughest of wounds. Especially in cases of diabetic ulcers, necrotizing soft tissue infections, failing skin grafts and flaps hyperbaric oxygen has become a go to modality for a range of hard to heal wounds. However, even in less problematic cases such as post-surgery healing hyperbaric oxygen can decrease the healing times and make recovery much easier. Let’s look at how hyperbaric oxygen can help.
If we were to look at a diabetic ulcer we would likely see a lack of blood flow and excessive swelling that is keeping that wound from healing. Without blood flow there is little to no oxygen getting to the wound to aide in the healing process. In a hyperbaric wound treatment you can get larger amounts of oxygen into the affected area to stimulate healing. Hyperbaric oxygen also helps to decrease inflammation and can also aide the body in building new blood vessels (angiogenesis) into the damaged area. All of this equals faster healing for the body. There are many stories of diabetic ulcer patients that were on the verge of having a foot amputated, but through hyperbaric wound treatment were able to save their foot. These extreme cases have brought much attention to hyperbaric oxygen therapy for wound healing and are wonderful stories of the effectiveness of hyperbarics.
While hypoxia or the lack of oxygen flowing into a wound site is a large cause for slow healing wounds, these aren’t the only cases where hyperbaric wound treatments have been used. Most wounds that are given an increased supply of oxygen are going to see faster healing. Many patients of hyperbaric oxygen therapy have been those that have undergone surgery. The same principles of hyperbaric oxygen apply in these cases. Inflammation in the surgery area is reduced and oxygen supply is increased. These are important factors that have sped up the healing time for so many that have surgery wounds, whether it is an elective surgery or not.
Remember, hyperbaric oxygen therapy takes concentrated oxygen and utilizes it in a pressurized chamber. The pressure forces the oxygen into the body, super-saturating the plasma, tissues, and body fluids with oxygen. Without this important pressure, the oxygen would not be able to be assimilated as efficiently. Hyperbaric wound treatment is a painless therapy that can ultimately speed up wound healing times, but that can also benefit the entire body by giving the body’s cells more of the valuable oxygen they need for optimal functioning.