Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Advanced treatment that speeds up the healing process.

If you are suffering from a wound that hasn’t healed, you want to get expert treatment before it disrupts your life. At Novant Health we have the experienced staff and state-of-the-art technology to provide the wound care and support you need. In addition to doctors with advanced training in wound management, our wound care team also includes nurses skilled in chronic wound care. Our board-certified physicians have extensive experience diagnosing and treating wounds using advanced methods like hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a non-invasive method of speeding up the healing process. For this medical treatment, you are placed in a hyperbaric chamber where 100 percent oxygen is circulated for you to breathe. These conditions quickly deliver high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream, which helps the healing process of wounds. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is also effective in fighting infections and improving circulation.

Initially used as a treatment for underwater divers with decompression sickness, hyperbaric oxygen is effective in treating a variety of diseases including:

  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Infection of the bone
  • Post radiation treatment wounds
  • Post-surgical wounds
  • Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts/flaps

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not a replacement for other proven methods of treatment such as surgery or antibiotics. It is generally prescribed in conjunction with other forms of treatment, and can last 90 to 120 minutes.

To learn more about hyperbaric oxygen treatment or to schedule an appointment with one of our wound care specialists, contact one of Novant Health’s convenient locations.