For Healthcare Professionals
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is recommended to clinicians as an adjunct treatment to boost, assist, and accelerate the rehabilitation and healing process. HyOx Medical Treatment Center’s hyperbaric oxygen therapy and wound care teams in NW Atlanta (Marietta) and Gwinnett work in tandem with current patient treatment protocols directed by the referring physician.
When a patient breathes 100% oxygen in a pressurized hyperbaric chamber, the elevated air pressure leads to a 10- to 15-fold increase in tissue oxygen content. This hyperoxygenation increases the amount of oxygen carried by the blood to the patient’s injured, wounded or diseased areas.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy boosts healing by:
- Supersaturating the plasma with oxygen. It affects collagen deposition, tensile strength, fibroblast and osteoclast activity, and the rate at which wounds close and some antibiotics work.
- Reducing edema in graft sites, burns, and compartment syndrome injuries by vasoconstriction. It results in a reduction of blood flow in tissues and, simultaneously, a 10-fold increase in oxygen levels.
- Promoting neovascularization to help heal radiation tissue and bone damage, refractory osteomyelitis, and non-healing wounds.
- Strengthening the body’s anti-bacterial and anti-microbial activity. It builds the body’s defenses and inhibits the growth of a number of anaerobic and aerobic organisms at the wound site.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy uses the prescription of 100% oxygen under pressure to hyperoxygenate the patient’s blood cells and drive free oxygen into the plasma. This allows oxygen to travel through the plasma and reach areas of ischemic tissue that have been blocked by poor circulation due to such factors as peripheral vascular disease or radiation treatment. Hyperbaric oxygen binds to red blood cells and is dissolved in the patient’s plasma in a bioavailable molecular form. Molecular oxygen can even reach into areas too small for red blood cells. During the two-hour hyperbaric oxygen treatment, this molecular oxygen attaches to buffers and diffuses by osmosis to cells throughout the patient’s body specifically supporting hypoxic tissues. Oxygen continues to be released from red cells and plasma to surrounding tissues for 24-48 hours after treatment.
How We Work Together
HyOx’s medical team works with other clinicians caring for the patient so that the hyperbaric treatments are coordinated with any other therapies, treatment modalities, and/or surgery. Extending your healthcare team with HyOx is a viable and cost-effective solution for patients with an approved indication for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Treatments are prescribed based upon the directives of the referring physician and the results of a comprehensive hyperbaric medicine consultation/evaluation. Based on HyOx’s assessment of the patient, a personalized treatment plan is established. Throughout the course of the treatment, regular progress reports, including photographs documenting the patient’s progress, are sent to the patient’s other physicians.
We encourage medical professionals to tour our facility, meet our medical team, and learn more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy. You may directly refer patients to HyOx or contact us to see if a patient’s condition may benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy.