Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, also referred to as HBO2 therapy, was initially created to treat decompression sickness (“the bends”) in deep-sea divers. Today, it’s used to treat chronic, slow-, and non-healing wounds. In HBO2 therapy, the patient lies down in a chamber made from a clear acrylic material, equipped with an intercom system. The chamber is filled with 100 percent, pure oxygen – 10 to 15 times the amount of oxygen normally breathed.
How Does HBO2 Therapy Work?
The principle behind HBO2 therapy is that increased oxygen levels trigger the healing process, strengthen the immune system, decrease swelling, and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels.
Since many advanced wounds have a limited blood supply, it can be difficult for white blood cells to get to the wound site and fight infection and disease. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the supply of white blood cells available to the wound area. Through HBO2 therapy, blood cells penetrate a level of the wound that cannot be reached by the ordinary levels of oxygen found in a natural environment.
What Conditions Can Be Treated?
- Acute peripheral arterial insufficiencies
- Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
- Carbon monoxide or cyanide poisoning
- Chronic bone infections
- Crush injuries
- Decompression illness
- Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
- Gas embolism
- Gas gangrene
- Necrotizing infections
- Radiation injuries
- Surgical grafts and flaps with inadequate blood flow
What Is the Treatment Experience Like?
Most wounds require between 20 and 40 HBO2 therapy sessions for best results. Treatment sessions last for one to two hours, and must be done close together. Usually, the patient is asked to come in for at least six days per week until treatment is complete.
While treatment may be demanding on your schedule, the actual experience is totally painless and made to be as comfortable as possible by the friendly staff at Glenwood Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center. Once you are comfortably settled into the chamber, the technician will increase the air pressure. (The feeling is quite similar to gaining elevation during flight.) At this point, many patients actually enjoy the chance to take a nap or watch TV inside the hyperbaric oxygen chamber. After the session is complete, the technician decreases the pressure, and you are free to go.
Are Treatments Covered by Insurance?
In most cases, Medicare and other health insurance providers cover all or part of the cost for HBO2 therapy and wound care, depending on your specific condition and insurance plan. The staff at the Glenwood Hyperbaric and Wound Care Center will help you determine your specific health insurance benefits related to treatment.
How to Receive HBO2 Therapy
If you have a chronic, slow-, or non-healing wound, you may be eligible for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. A physician’s referral is required for this service. After discussing this treatment option with your physician, he or she may provide a referral to staff by calling 318-329-8470. If you do not have a primary care physician, the wound care staff at Glenwood may be able to make arrangements for you.
The Glenwood Hyperbaric And Wound Care Center is located in the Glenwood Medical Mall
102 Thomas Road
West Monroe, LA
Convenient parking and a direct covered entryway are located at ENTRANCE 3.