Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Princeton Wound Care

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is proven to treat a variety of ailments and illnesses, including complex and nonhealing wounds. The team at Princeton Wound Care (PWC), located in Princeton, New Jersey, offers knowledge, experience, and passion for using HBOT to stimulate healing in all types of wounds. The experienced team also provides on-site wound management in assisted-living facilities, rehab centers, and long-term care facilities in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and Delaware. To see if HBOT can help you, call the center.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Q & A

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an innovative treatment that uses high concentrations of oxygen to promote cell, tissue, and organ health. Using a pressurized chamber large enough to fit an adult comfortably, HBOT exposes your body to high levels of pure oxygen, which absorbs directly into the bloodstream. 

HBOT floods cells and tissues with oxygen-rich blood, which boosts normal functions all over the body. When your body suffers injury or tissue damage, such as complex soft tissue wounds, HBOT accelerates healing. 

HBOT provides levels of oxygen to the tissues that are not possible otherwise. HBOT is a proven treatment for a wide variety of chronic and acute illness, and research continues to discover new and exciting ways to use this technology. 

How does HBOT affect the body?

HBOT affects the body in significant ways, including: 

  • Reducing inflammation and swelling
  • Saturating blood and tissues with oxygen
  • Increasing production of new cell and tissue growth
  • Dilating blood vessels
  • Stimulating blood vessel growth
  • Increasing circulation to organs and tissues
  • Detoxifying tissues and organs
  • Enhancing the immune response

Due to these effects, HBOT is often an effective treatment for many acute and chronic health conditions.

What conditions are treated with HBOT?

Historically, HBOT was primarily an effective treatment for decompression sickness, which often affects scuba divers. Today, HBOT is used to treat many ailments, especially in the field of wound care. 

HBOT is a clinically proven treatment for cyanide poisoning, carbon monoxide poisoning, and air or gas embolisms. Wound-related conditions that are treatable using HBOT include:

  • Burns
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Bone infections
  • Post-radiation wounds
  • Cancer-related wounds
  • Chronic or nonhealing wounds
  • Peripheral vascular disease (PAD) wounds
  • Chronic venous wounds
  • Postsurgical wounds

The team at Princeton Wound Care is highly knowledgeable about the conditions that respond most effectively to this specialized treatment. 

What does HBOT entail?

If your provider recommends HBOT to treat your complex wound, they take time to evaluate your health history, wound care history, and overall health. If you’re a candidate for HBOT, they develop a personalized plan of care that includes a specific number and length of sessions in the hyperbaric chamber. 

During your HBOT session, you lie comfortably in a tube-like chamber for a set period of time. You experience no pain or discomfort during your session, which typically lasts from 1-2 hours. During treatment, you can rest or sleep.

For a consultation regarding how HBOT can help you, call Princeton Wound Care. To further facilitate care, PWC provides quality wound care on-site at assisted-living and long-term care facilities in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, or Delaware.