Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Therapy to promote healing

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to enhance healing of wounds, particularly those that are difficult-to-heal or infected. During treatment, a patient lies in a special pressurized chamber of pure oxygen and breathes normally, which increases the amount of oxygen in the blood. Riverview Regional Medical Center’s doctors may use hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat conditions such as:

  • Air or gas embolisms
  • Bone infections
  • Burns
  • Crush injuries and other traumatic injuries that compromise blood supply to tissues
  • Decompression sickness
  • Gangrene
  • Poisoning from carbon monoxide or cyanide
  • Pressure sores
  • Radiation treatment injuries or thermal burns
  • Refractory osteomyelitis
  • Skin grafts
  • Wounds that have not healed with other therapies, such as diabetic foot ulcers

Treatments last about two hours, and the number of treatments is not pre-set because each person responds differently to the therapy. Your doctor can determine whether this therapy is right for you.