Lie quietly in a clear chamber surrounded by pressurized oxygen. Let the oxygen do the work of enhancing your body’s ability to heal while you enjoy your favorite DVD.
It may seem like something out of science fiction, but hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is an accepted and proven medical treatment that enhances the body’s natural healing while strengthening the immune system. HBOT is a course of treatment used for various conditions and illnesses, including diabetic ulcers and other nonhealing wounds.
“HBOT can make all the difference for patients with wounds that won’t heal using traditional treatment methods,” says Patrick Pellecchia, M.D., a surgeon at Holy Redeemer. “It takes a commitment—often two hours a day for a month—but the oxygen does wonders, and patients report not only that their wounds have healed, but a better overall feeling.”
HBOT is recognized as a successful adjunctive treatment by the American Medical Association, Medicare, and most commercial insurers.
When to Seek Help for Your Wound
Wounds can occur after an accident, injury, radiation therapy, or surgical procedure. Minor cuts and scrapes usually get better after you wash them with water, apply an antibiotic, and cover them with a sterile bandage. Seek medical care for those that don’t, or if:
- The wound is deep or large
- You have diabetes—even if the injury seems small
- You have signs of infection, including swelling, warmth, redness, or throbbing pain
To get the most out of wound treatment, make sure to keep your appointments. A recent study found that when people with diabetes visited a wound care clinic more often, their foot and leg sores healed faster.
Want to learn more about HBOT?
Visit holyredeemer.com/woundcare or call 1-800-818-4747 to not only learn more about HBOT but about the Holy Redeemer Wound Care Center as well. The Wound Care Center is located on the campus of Holy Redeemer Hospital, in the Medical Office Building.