Some wounds are deep enough that we can’t rely on nature alone to manage the healing process. In swoops science with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which gives physicians the superpower abilities to accomplish what the body can’t do on its own. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy allows us to heal difficult wounds by increasing oxygen delivery to damaged tissues.

“People with open wounds and ulcers feel badly about them. Sometimes they’re scared, sometimes they’re angry, sometimes they’re embarrassed. Sometimes these wounds smell, or people aren’t able to wear normal clothing, shoes, or socks because of these things. 

I think it’s up to us, especially early on, to say, ‘Look, we’re going to be able to help you. We’re going to take this out of the mix of your life.'” 

Lee Ruotsi, MD

System Medical Director, Catholic Health Advanced Wound Healing Centers

Wounds that don’t heal within four to six weeks may be considered chronic. Common conditions that our wound specialists often see include:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Long-term effects of radiation treatment
  • Wounds in areas that have been deprived of oxygen due to blood clots

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is completely painless and poses a very low risk to the patient. They will spend time in a chamber that allows patients to breathe in a concentration of oxygen nearly 10 times that of the air we breathe in every day. The purpose of breathing this pure oxygen is to jumpstart the healing process by creating conditions for angiogenesis. This is a clinical term that means the development of new blood vessels.

During treatment, patients are required to lay in a chamber and breathe in pure oxygen for prolonged periods of time. Most wound care facilities offer patients the option to watch a movie during the session, as well as a way communicate with their wound care provider. Any potential health concerns or side effects should be addressed prior to the first treatment.

Find a Wound Specialist Near You
Call (716) 706-2112

Find a Wound Specialist Near You
Call (716) 706-2112