Patients with burns, diabetic wounds, and radiation wounds can have complications with healing.
All of those types of injuries may benefit from treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Patients breathe almost 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized hyperbaric chamber.
That increase in pressure helps the blood vessels in the body deliver that super-oxygenated blood to the tissues. In return, that aids in the healing. It also decreases edema or swelling, fights infection and also aids in the formation of new blood vessels.
Eric Brown of Clear Lake Regional Wound Treatment Center in Webster, Texas says it also fights infection and helps carry antibiotics to hard-to-reach body parts like bones.
Oto Estrada is one of the patients.
He didn’t know he had diabetes until last year when he fell and injured his foot. When the wound never healed, a blood test revealed diabetes and a bad infection.
After many doctor visits and surgery on his foot, nothing was alleviating a problem or the pain.
His wound could have cost him his foot, but luckily Estrada found relief in the chamber.
“It’s healed, I mean it’s completely healed,” Estrada said.
Regular visits inside the chamber for close to two hours at a time finally fixed his foot and gave him some unexpected benefits.
“I would love to go in there because I knew I was going to have my little chiropractic session,” Estrada said. “I can go in there and twist around and just popped my neck and shoulders. It felt really good.”