Problem Wounds

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Chronic, non-healing wounds

When wounds don’t respond to traditional medical and surgical care methods, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a scientifically adjunct therapy to expedite the healing process. Problem wounds have poor blood flow and often are infected. Contributing factors are a patient’s age, nutrition, radiation damage, smoking, and medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease or immune diseases.

Many non-healing wounds result from vascular insufficiency ulcers, complications from diabetes, radiation necrosis, soft tissue infections, compromised amputation sites, bone infection (refractory osteomyelitis), and traumatic wounds from crush injuries. Where there’s hypoxia (inadequate blood flow), the ability for a wound to heal is halted by reduced fibroblast and collagen production and capillary growth. It also creates the ideal environment for infection by impairing the white blood cells (leukocytes) from killing bacteria.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works to make collagen, help the white blood cells fight off infection and promote fibroblasts (wound healing cells) and new blood vessel growth. Treatment duration depends on the severity of the wound. Wounds respond best to hyperbaric oxygen therapy when they’ve become acutely or chronically compromised by hypoxia and infection.

Case Study

Non-Healing Wagner Grade III Diabetic Foot Wound

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