Programs and Services
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: The Key to Healing Faster and a Better Quality of Life
Chronic conditions, non-healing wounds, radiation damage, and other injuries take their toll on quality of life. HyOx Medical Treatment Center works to help restore health, function and quality of life by administering the healing power of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Delivered with compassionate care and expertise at two Metro Atlanta locations, our ultimate goal is acheiving the best possible outcome for each and every patient.
HyOx takes life’s key ingredient — oxygen (O2) — and prescribes it as a drug with a customized treatment protocol designed for each patient to promote healing and fight infection. This added evidence-based therapy, in addition to other prescribed medications, physical therapy and other procedures, helps provide the multi-modality approach needed to help difficult to treat patients heal.
By delivering 100 percent oxygen to oxygen-starved tissue, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help:
- Accelerate healing of chronic wounds
- Decrease swelling
- Fight infection and cause certain antibiotics to work more effectively
- Encourage growth of new blood vessels in hypoxic (devoid of oxygen) tissues to oxygen to places that needs it the most
- Decrease the risk of complications prior to and following certain surgeries
- Speed the recovery of soft tissues and bones affected by radiation therapy
- Reduce the risk of amputation in patients with diabetes with lower extremity wounds
- Purges poisonous toxins such as carbon monoxide
HyOx also provides care for the following wound-related conditions:
- Open, non-healing wounds
- Wound infections
- Peri-wound maceration
- Decreased or absent: granulation tissue, sensation, protective sensation
- Non-viable tissue in wound bed
- Edema (redness)
- Friction or shear
Rehabilitation Services (NW Atlanta -Marietta only)
Rehabilitation is a treatment designed to facilitate a patient’s recovery time from injury, illness or disease. In addition to hyperbaric oxygen therapy in a large, multi-patient chamber, HyOx offers both physical and respiratory therapy to patients.
Integrated Physical Therapy and Wound Care
HyOx Medical Treatment Center’s collaborative, multi-disciplinary team approach to rehabilitation offers integrated physical therapy and wound care services to simultaneously promote wound healing and optimize functional mobility.
Other services offered to further promote healing include:
- Debridement – the removal of damaged tissue from a wound
- Negative pressure wound therapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Mobility retraining
- Balance retraining
- Range of motion
- Off-loading devices
- Gait training
- Positioning and positioning devices
- Neuromuscular re-evaluation
- Therapeutic exercises and activities
- Compression therapy
HyOx has a respiratory therapist on staff to provide hyperbaric care and assist the physician with patient evaluations. If needed, the therapists administer aerosol treatments, perform pulmonary function screening and pulse oximetry testing.
Social Services (NW Atlanta-Marietta location only)
Social services offered by HyOx’s social worker/case manager vary according to patient needs. From helping a patient adjust to their impairment to providing community agencies and resources that can help, the extent of information is dictated by the extent of the patient’s need. Some patients require transportation assistance; others need help filing disability papers for healthcare coverage. Social services helps fill the healthcare gap to meet patients at the point of their most urgent need.
The physiology of diving makes it a physically demanding activity. It’s important for divers to get examined to ensure their medical condition won’t interfere with safe diving. There are certain ailments that may disqualify a diving candidate from becoming certified or to continue diving.
For many divers, especially with pre-existing conditions, a mandatory physical examination is recommended. Atlanta dive physicals conducted by HyOx’s board certified Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine physicians include:
- Medical history review
- Complete physical exam with emphasis on neurological and otological components
- Respiratory evaluation
- Other procedures deemed necessary by HyOx’s board-certified physicians
Services outsourced to hospitals;
- Hemoglobin (protein in red blood cells responsible for oxygen delivery to the tissues) or hematocrit (measures the volume of red blood cells compared to the total blood volume or plasma)
- Chest x-ray
HyOx Medical Treatment Center’s clinical and technical team members are available to conduct hyperbaric medicine and rehabilitation presentations and customized workshops for patients, medical practices, divers, case managers, and emergency medical technicians (EMTs).
Special sessions can be scheduled at HyOx’s facilities, affording participants an opportunity to tour the chamber and experience a simulated hyperbaric treatment. Please contact our office to request and schedule.
Nutritional counseling is provided throughout a patient’s treatment to assist in the wound healing process. As part of the initial patient consultation, blood work is ordered to determine the patient’s nutritional health, including electrolyte and protein levels. Protein malnutrition is common in patients at risk for chronic wounds.
Patients are given a list of vitamins important for wound healing prior to treatment as well as antioxidant vitamins E, C, and beta carotene (a form of vitamin A) to take during hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Antioxidants are involved in preventing cellular damage. Controlling blood glucose levels is important for patients with diabetes since white blood cells function poorly if levels are high.
Patient Progress Reports
We are grateful to collaborate with hundreds of referring physicians to achieve the best outcomes for patients. HyOx sends regular progress notes and, in most cases, photographs of healing progression, during the course of patients’ adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy regimen to referring physicians and additional caregivers. This helps ensure continuity of care.