Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Now accepting patients

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  • Adena Regional Medical Center



Adena Health Wound Care Services is now accepting consultations for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). HBOT is an advanced medical therapy proven to accelerate the healing of wounds and other conditions such as soft tissue radionecrosis, chronic refractory osteomyelitis, compromised skin grafts/flaps, diabetic wounds of the lower extremities and more.

An adjunct therapy, HBOT is utilized in addition to other advanced therapies such as debridement, negative pressure wound therapy, advanced skin and tissue substitutes and other wound healing treatments.

How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?

One of the reasons wounds can be slow to heal is because of a lack of oxygen to the site of the wound. The air we breathe under normal conditions contains about 21% oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy allows us to breathe 100% oxygen while inside a clear pressurized chamber. The high-pressure environment of the chamber helps carry increased amounts of oxygen throughout the body to accelerate wound healing.

What Will I Experience During HBOT Treatment?

During treatment, the air pressure in the chamber is gradually increased. The first few minutes of treatment may feel similar to being in an airplane and experiencing a slight pressure in your ears. Guided by a specially trained hyperbaric chamber technician, this pressure can be alleviated by performing a simple maneuver.

After a patient has cleared their ears, the remainder of the treatment is a time to relax, sleep or watch television. Treatments last about two hours and are usually prescribed in increments of 20 days, Monday thru Friday.

A technician remains chamber side during the entire treatment and is available to answer questions and ensure patient comfort. Patients have the ability to communicate with the technician at all times. Patients tolerate HBOT well and most patients do not experience side effects.

HBOT is covered by most insurance companies for a range of conditions, including:

  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
    • Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts
    • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis, unresponsive to conventional treatment
    • Delayed soft tissue injuries due to radiation
    • Osteoradionecrosis (bone injury caused by radiation)
    • Gas gangrene
    • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
    • Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs
    • Progressive necrotizing infections

Your body’s ability to fight infection and heal properly depends upon a number of factors, including effective wound care. Increasing your body’s ability to heal problem wounds enhances your overall health.

To learn more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), call 740-779-7090.

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