Treatment with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is an effective adjunct to traditional wound care therapies, including topical cleaning; surgical removal (debridement) of dead skin and tissue; application of dressings, ointments, and biologics; and use of compression boots or stockings, vacuum or negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) pumps, ultrasound, laser, and other emerging technologies. HBOT helps repair wounds and enhance healing by improving blood circulation, encouraging the formation of new capillary blood vessels (angiogenesis), supplying more oxygen to tissue in the wound bed, and stimulating the growth and distribution of stem cells. Hyperbaric oxygen also helps kill the anaerobic bacteria that cause some of the worst infections in chronic wounds. Evidence for HBOT is especially strong in diabetic foot ulcers classified Wagner Grade 3 or higher, for which hyperbaric oxygen is widely considered standard therapy.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Used to Treat Diabetic Ulcers at New Massachusetts Center
The newly opened Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Stoughton, Mass., is now offering comprehensive wound management care, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), which has been used successfully to treat diabetic ulcers.
In HBOT, patients are placed in a pressurized chamber where the air is 100 percent oxygen. The high concentration of oxygen allows the body’s wound-healing mechanisms to work more effectively, helping new blood vessels to develop and blood to circulate more efficiently.For people with diabetes who have ulcers, HBOT has proven beneficial in many cases, speeding the healing of persistent sores and restoring circulatory function to distressed limbs.An estimated 5 million Americans live with chronic wounds resulting from complications related to diabetes, pressure ulcers, circulatory problems, and traumatic injuries. Many of these wounds are caused by peripheral vascular disease, which is often further complicated by long-term diabetes.
The wound care center is affiliated with the Caritas Good Samaritan Medical Center.