Advanced Wound Healing Therapy
The Parkland Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), one of the most advanced treatment options available for healing wounds. This treatment involves breathing pure oxygen in a sealed environment that’s been pressurized to help push oxygen into the blood plasma, allowing it to carry 15 to 20 times the normal amount of healing oxygen to the injured tissue. HBOT stimulates the growth of blood vessels in damaged tissues and is effective in fighting some types of infection.
Conditions That Benefit from HBOT
HBOT uses the body’s natural healing processes to help treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Certain wounds that are healing slowly or not at all (often experienced by people with diabetes)
- Tissue damaged from radiation therapy
- A skin graft with inadequate blood supply
- Certain types of infections of the bone and/or skin
What to Expect from HBOT
The Wound Center staff will provide instructions and answer your questions before your first treatment. You’ll need to inform the staff about any medications you’re taking. Family members or other caregivers are encouraged to participate in your initial orientation session.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will the therapy last?
Unless you have another medical condition, HBOT is an outpatient treatment that usually lasts about two hours. The number of treatments will depend on your diagnosis and care plan.
Are there side effects or pain?
Most people experience no pain or discomfort during or after treatment. You may feel fullness in your ears similar to what you experience during an airplane flight. Your doctor will discuss other possible side effects of HBOT.
How should I prepare?
A comfortable cotton garment will be provided for you to wear during treatment, and you will be asked to remove jewelry, glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and prostheses.
If you have cold or flu symptoms, it may be necessary to postpone your treatment.
How can I schedule an HBOT treatment?
You'll need to be evaluated by one of our doctors at the Wound Center prior to being scheduled for HBOT.
Find More Information
Read more about HBOT at our online Health Library.