Originally developed to help deep-sea divers overcome decompression sickness, also called "the bends," hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used today to accelerate the healing of wounds that are slow to close on their own. HBO2 therapy is also used to help fight certain types of infections and to treat conditions ranging from chronic bone infections to radiation injuries.
What HBO2 Therapy Involves
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a specialized treatment that allows you to breathe pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. High concentrations of oxygen are delivered to the bloodstream, ranging from 10 to 20 times the normal amount. This pure oxygen can penetrate areas that oxygen-carrying red blood cells cannot reach. As a result, it helps revitalize tissues that receive poor blood flow and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels.
Most recently it has been discovered that HBO causes stem cells to be mobilized from bone marrow to the wound site. This may help explain the healing which occurs. Increased oxygen also enables more infection-fighting white blood cells to reach affected areas. Most patients require treatment over the course of several weeks to effectively treat wounds. Increased oxygen also enables more infection-fighting white blood cells to reach affected areas. Most patients require treatment over the course of several weeks to effectively treat wounds.
The HBO2 Treatment Experience
Hyperbaric therapy is painless and most patients watch movies or sleep during their treatments. A Certified Hyperbaric Technologist (CHT) will monitor your treatment at all times and a physician will always be nearby. During treatment, once you are comfortably positioned inside the chamber, the technologist will slowly increase the air pressure. As the pressure increases initially and decreases at the end of the treatment, you may notice the same sensation you sometimes feel when changing altitude in an airplane. Your technologist will monitor you at all times and will help you equalize the pressure between your ears.
The Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Treatment Center of Utah
The Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Treatment Center of Utah is staffed by experienced physicians and other healthcare professionals who are specially trained in wound management and hyperbaric medicine.
We are located in Research Park at 540 Arapeen Way, near the Marriott Park Hotel. The Center is on the ground floor with convenient access to parking on the west of the building.
Hyperbaric oxygen treatments are available Monday through Friday. For more information, please call 801-582-4268.
FDA Approved Indications
The following are FDA Approved indications of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
- Select problem wounds
- Diabetic wounds
- Delayed radiation tissue injury, including:
- Radiation Cystitis
- Wound in an irritated field
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps, as well as post-operative wound complications
- Refractory Osteomyelitis (Bone Infection)
- Diving Accidents (decompression illness)
- Iatrogentic Gas Embolism
- Nectrotizing soft tissue infection and Clostridial myonecrosis (Gas GanGreen)
- Crush injury and Compartment Syndrome
- Select Chronic Non-Healing Wounds
- Acute Ischema (from trauma or blocked arteries)
What Our Patients are Saying About HBO2
"I am absolutely astounded at the positive experience and the healing."
"I have a good foot today because of your service and treatment."
"I felt a positive and healing calm from the first time I walked through the door."
"Thanks to the power of hyperbaric medicine, you were able to save my patient's foot."