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Hyperbaric Oxygen

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments  (HBOT) have been effective in treating hypoxic wounds. Wounds need an optimal environment of nutrients and oxygen to promote new cell growth and healing. Chronic wounds take years to heal because the blood circulation to the wound area has diminished. As a result of poor blood flow the wound has a poor supply of nutrients and oxygen. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been used to heal chronic wounds by placing patients in a chamber of 100% pure oxygen. During the HBO treatment and up to 4 hours afterwards, the oxygen is dissolved in the blood and carried to the wound site. As a result new blood vessel production occurs which helps with collagen and epithelial formation at the ulcer site to increase healing time. Patients are placed in an HBO tank for no longer than 90 minutes. HBOT can also be used for:

  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Wound healing
  • Burns
  • Gas gangrene
  • Necrotizing infections
  • Compromised or failed skin grafts and flaps

For more information about HBOT, come see one of our physicians at Foot & Ankle Doctors, Inc

Dr. Dardashti




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