Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Therapy to promote healing

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to enhance healing of wounds, particularly those that are difficult-to-heal or infected. During treatment, a patient lies in a special pressurized chamber of pure oxygen and breathes normally, which increases the amount of oxygen in the blood. Lehigh Regional’s doctors may use hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat conditions such as:

  • Air or gas embolisms
  • Bone infections
  • Burns
  • Crush injuries and other traumatic injuries that compromise blood supply to tissues
  • Decompression sickness
  • Gangrene
  • Poisoning from carbon monoxide or cyanide
  • Pressure sores
  • Radiation treatment injuries or thermal burns
  • Refractory osteomyelitis
  • Skin grafts
  • Wounds that have not healed with other therapies, such as diabetic foot ulcers

Am I a candidate?

Patients who experience any of the following may be candidates:

  • Wounds that fail to respond to treatment/therapies after 4 weeks
  • Wounds that have not completely healed in eight weeks
  • Post-operative infections
  • Slow/non-healing surgical wounds         
  • Diabetic leg and foot wounds
  • Chronic bone infections (osteomyelitis)
  • Gas Gangrene
  • Crush injuries
  • Skin tears or lacerations
  • Radiation or other burns
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Compromised skin/muscle grafts
  • Decompression sickness
  • Progressive necrotizing soft tissue infections  

Your doctor can determine whether this therapy is right for you.

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