Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in Princeton, NJ
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, also referred to as HBOT, is a treatment that involves supplying a person’s body with high levels of pure oxygen to help promote healing. In order to function properly, the body needs an adequate supply of oxygen in the blood and tissues. When your body suffers an injury, it requires even more oxygen to heal itself and return to normal functioning. When HBOT is used, your body is able to carry more oxygen to damaged tissues, promoting healing and helping to fight off infections.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is done in a special pressurized chamber. Under the pressurized conditions, your lungs are able to collect more oxygen, which stimulates stem cell production and healing. The wound care specialists at Princeton Wound Care Center offer cutting-edge BARA-MED Select hyperbaric oxygen chambers to encourage healing and improve chronic wound conditions.
Why is HBOT used?
In the past, HBOT was used primarily to treat decompression sickness, an ailment often experienced by scuba divers. Today, the applications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy have grown considerably, particularly as they apply to wound care.
The fifteen clinically accepted indications for HBOT are:
- Air or gas embolism
- Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
- Decompression illness
- Acute carbon monoxide intoxication
- Gas gangrene
- Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs
- Progressive necrotizing infections
- Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
- Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
- Osteoradionecrosis as an adjunct to conventional treatment
- Soft tissue radionecrosis as an adjunct to conventional treatment
- Cyanide poisoning
- Actinomycosis which is refractory to conventional treatment
- Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities
Specifically, as a treatment approach for wound care, HBOT may be recommended for patients suffering from conditions including:
- Post-operative wounds
- Pressure wounds / ulcers
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Post-radiation wounds
- Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) wounds
- Chronic venous wounds
- Chronic / complex non-healing wounds
- Malignant wounds / cancer
What does hyperbaric oxygen therapy involve?
Before HBOT at Princeton Wound Care Center, your doctor will evaluate your wound condition and recommend a wound management plan, which may include HBOT. Usually, treatments are done more than once, ranging depending on the condition and healing time.
The treatment itself simply requires the patient to lie down in a comfortable tube-like chamber for a period of time, which will vary depending on your condition and individual needs. Most treatment sessions are between one and two hours, during which you can relax or sleep.
Where can I receive HBOT?
HBOT therapy is typically only available in a hospital setting. However, some wound care offices, such as Princeton Wound Care Center in New Jersey, offer the state-of-the-art treatment option to patients who are suffering from chronic or complex wounds.
Visit our hyperbaric chambers page to learn more about HBOT and the benefits of undergoing therapy at Princeton Wound Care Center.
If you’re suffering from a complex or non-healing wound, you may benefit from HBOT therapy in NJ with the wound care specialists at Princeton Wound Care Center. Our state-of-the-art facility is home to experts in complex and chronic wound care. Call our office today at 609-945-3611 or fill out the form on this page to contact our office.