Hyperbaric therapy is a holistic treatment stimulating blood flow and oxygen in the blood stream. It has been found out that hypoxic environment is adverse when it comes to wound healing. The hypoxic environment hinders wound recovery by inhibiting the production of fibroblast collagen and capillary angiogenesis. Hypoxia also sustains growth and production of anaerobic organisms which actually complicates and hinders the entire wound healing process. However, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can prove to be beneficial in treating wounds because the tissues receive excess oxygen which facilitates healing.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy benefits in tissue formation, bacterial clearance, angiogenesis and collagen deposition which help achieve healing of wounds faster than normal.
What are the types of wounds that are healed by hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
- Diabetic wounds
- Pressure ulcers
- Venous stasis ulcers
- Arterial insufficiency ulcers
Experts administer oxygen therapy to patients at around 2.0-2.5 ATA for about 1 and half to two hours of time daily. However the severity of the issue determines the span for the treatment.