Advanced Non-Healing Wound Care with HBOT

Combating Non-Healing Wounds With HBOT

Non-healing wounds can become frustrating battlegrounds for the body, with chronic inflammation and slow progress stalling the repair process. But amidst this struggle, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) emerges as a powerful ally, offering a breath of hope for optimal healing.

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How Does HBOT Help
With Non-Healing Wounds

The Science Behind The Oxygen & Pressure

Numerous studies have validated the effectiveness of HBOT in treating non-healing wounds. A 2023 review of research concluded that HBOT significantly improved wound healing rates and reduced inflammation in diabetic foot ulcers, a common type of non-healing wound.* Another study from 2022 demonstrated HBOT’s ability to promote healing and reduce chronic pain in patients with chronic venous leg ulcers.** Below are a list of ways of how HBOT helps with non-healing wounds:

1. Flooding Tissues with Oxygen: Imagine a drought-stricken land receiving a life-giving downpour. HBOT increases the amount of oxygen dissolved in the blood and plasma, creating a surge of oxygen delivery to the oxygen-starved tissues of the non-healing wound. This boost enhances cell function, promotes tissue regeneration, and reduces inflammation, paving the way for faster healing.

2. Supercharging the Immune System: Think of HBOT as a boot camp for your immune system. It stimulates the production of white blood cells and other immune factors, strengthening the body’s defense against infection, a common hindrance to healing in chronic wounds. This enhanced immune response helps fight bacteria and promote tissue repair.

3. Reducing Toxin Damage: Non-healing wounds often suffer from a buildup of harmful toxins released by bacteria and damaged tissues. HBOT helps neutralize these toxins, mitigating their destructive effects and creating a more favorable environment for healing.

4. Improving Blood Flow: Poor blood circulation is a major culprit in non-healing wounds. HBOT stimulates the formation of new blood vessels, enhancing blood flow to the affected area. This increased blood supply delivers essential oxygen and nutrients, further fueling the healing process.

5. Counteracting Infection’s Grip: HBOT creates a hostile environment for bacteria by decreasing their oxygen supply and boosting the immune system. This can help control existing infections and prevent new ones from developing, a crucial factor in successful wound healing.

How Do Non-Healing Wound Occur?

Non-healing wounds are frustrating and worrisome, defying the body’s natural ability to mend itself. Unlike most cuts and scrapes that disappear with time, these persistent wounds linger, posing health risks and impacting quality of life. But what triggers this breakdown in the healing process? 

Restricted Blood Flow: Oxygen and nutrients delivered by blood are essential building blocks for healing. Poor blood circulation, often due to conditions like diabetes or peripheral arterial disease, starves the wound of these vital resources, hindering repair and tissue regeneration.

Infections: Bacteria, viruses, or even fungi can colonize wounds, triggering inflammation and releasing harmful chemicals that damage tissues and hinder healing.

Chronic Conditions: Underlying medical conditions like diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and malnutrition can weaken the body’s immune system and impair its ability to fight infection and repair tissues.

Nutritional Deficiencies: Vitamins, minerals, and proteins are the raw materials for healing. Deficiencies in these essential nutrients, common in individuals with malnutrition or certain medical conditions, can significantly impede wound closure.

Skin Barrier Breakdown: Chronic skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis can disrupt the skin’s natural barrier function, making it more susceptible to infections and hindering its ability to heal properly.

Aging: As we age, our cell turnover and tissue regeneration slow down. This, combined with other age-related factors like decreased blood flow and weakened immune function, can contribute to slower healing times and chronic wounds.

Non-healing wounds are not simply stubborn cuts. They are complex medical issues with diverse causes. Understanding the underlying factors is crucial for proper diagnosis and effective treatment. If you’re struggling with a wound that won’t heal, seek prompt medical attention. Early intervention and addressing the root cause can pave the way for successful healing and improved quality of life.

Symptoms of Non-Healing Wounds

While most wounds heal within a reasonable timeframe, some stubbornly resist closing and pose potential health risks. Knowing the key symptoms of non-healing wounds empowers you to seek timely medical attention and prevent complications. Here’s what to watch for:

  • Persistent and Worsening Pain: Pain around the wound is expected initially, but persistent or worsening pain, especially that interferes with daily activities, signifies potential issues.
  • Continuous Redness and Swelling: Inflammation is a natural part of healing, but persistent redness and swelling beyond a few days, or redness spreading beyond the initial wound area, suggests a deeper problem.
  • Warmth and Tenderness: A warm and tender wound to the touch can indicate ongoing inflammation or even infection.
  • Pus and Drainage: While some slight drainage is normal, excessive or foul-smelling pus signifies potential infection.
  • Changes in Wound Appearance: Discoloration, such as turning black or gray, or the wound becoming crusty or hard, are worrisome signs.
  • Delayed or Absent Granulation Tissue Formation: Healthy wounds develop pink, bumpy granulation tissue as they heal. If this tissue is absent or slow to appear, it can indicate impaired healing.
  • Unpleasant Odor: A foul odor emanating from the wound, often associated with pus, points towards potential infection.
  • Tissue Breakdown: Visible breakdown of skin or deeper tissues, indicating worsening of the wound, necessitates immediate medical attention.
  • Fever and Chills: These symptoms, along with any of the above, indicate a possible systemic infection requiring urgent medical intervention.
  • Slow or No Progress: If, after two weeks of proper care, the wound shows minimal or no improvement, it’s essential to consult a healthcare professional for further evaluation and treatment adjustments.

 

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Conditions Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Supports

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From chronic illnesses and autoimmune conditions, to sleep disorders and plastic surgery recovery, our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is designed to navigate a wide array of health challenges, guiding you towards optimal wellness through targeted, individualized strategies.

What Medical Conditions Are Covered By My Health Insurance?

Currently, we do not accept insurance for HBOT.

FDA Approved Conditions
We Manage

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently recognizes Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for 14 medical conditions, all of which are generally covered.

Below, you will find links to resources pertaining to the FDA approved conditions and use cases for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. If you have any questions, schedule a consultation with our Hyperbaric Medical Doctor. 

Non-Insurance Covered Conditions We Manage

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) may also benefit many other conditions not yet approved by the FDA. 

Use of HBOT for over 60 medical conditions is approved by other countries around the world and supported by significant, long-standing research. Below is a list of non-covered conditions that have major researched benefits yet to be approved by insurance.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy FAQ

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

From chronic illnesses and autoimmune conditions, to sleep disorders and plastic surgery recovery, our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is designed to navigate a wide array of health challenges, guiding you towards optimal wellness through targeted, individualized strategies.

Generally, HBOT is considered safe when administered under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional in a reputable facility. However, it’s essential to understand both the potential benefits and risks before undergoing treatment.

Here’s a breakdown of safety considerations:

Minimal side effects: Most people experience only mild, temporary side effects like ear pressure, fatigue, and sinus discomfort. These usually resolve quickly on their own or with simple measures.

Non-invasive and painless: The treatment itself is comfortable and does not involve needles or surgery.

No drug interactions: HBOT doesn’t interact with medications unless specifically noted by your doctor.

The number of sessions required depends on the condition and individual response. Typically, a treatment plan involving multiple sessions over several weeks is needed. Speak to our Hyperbaric Medical Doctor to get guidance on if Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is right for you and your condition, and what you can expect in each of your sessions.

At our Hyperbaric Therapy Wellness Center in Hollywood! We provide expertly administered hyperbaric treatments overseen by Dr. Safa Maklad, a hyperbaric certified physician. We are committed to upholding stringent hyperbaric safety protocols and ensure the highest standards of care.

The office offers 100% cotton robes to wear during your treatment. During your consultation, we will thoroughly discuss the list of approved and restricted items for the chamber.

It’s best to have a light meal several hours beforehand to avoid nausea. Avoid heavy meals and alcohol within 24 hours of your session.

Staying hydrated beforehand can help your body absorb oxygen more efficiently. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise may also enhance treatment outcomes.

Some people experience increased energy and improved focus after a session. Others might feel tired or have slight muscle aches, which usually resolve within a day or two.

Treatment response varies depending on the condition being treated and individual factors. It’s crucial to follow our recommended treatment plan and discuss any noticeable changes or lack of progress after several sessions.

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