Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Englewood hospital offers hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy to increase the amount of oxygen carried to the tissues of the body, delivering 10 to 15 times the amount of oxygen received by breathing normally.  This therapy, which is relaxing and painless, promotes repair of hard-to-heal wounds and helps restore appropriate oxygen levels to tissues that are oxygen-deprived.

Our Program

The Englewood Hospital hyperbaric therapy program offers treatment for a wide range of disorders, working together with specialists from other areas, such as wound healing experts, podiatrists, and radiation oncologists, to help patients with hard-to-heal wounds and other conditions.  Our program is accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Our hyperbaric team works closely with your primary care physician to design a plan for your specific needs.

Conditions Treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used to treat:

  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Wounds resulting from
    • Infections, like osteomyelitis (bone infections) and soft tissue infections
    • Radiation therapy
    • Crush injuries

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is also used in other situations where increasing oxygen levels in the body is a benefit.  These include:

  • Gas gangrene: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy also is used to treat gas gangrene. Raising the oxygen levels in tissue that have severely reduced blood supply helps to reduce toxins produced by the infecting bacteria.
  • Air embolism (“the bends”): Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat divers suffering from air embolisms, a condition in which air “bubbles” enter the circulation. Air embolisms can also result from other causes, including surgery or lung trauma.
  • Bloodless surgery: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be used before and after bloodless surgery to maximize the oxygen levels in the blood.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning: When a person is exposed to lethal amounts of carbon monoxide, the gas attaches itself to the body’s tissues and proteins and can result in cell and tissue death. The high levels of oxygen delivered by HBO therapy stops cell deterioration under these conditions.
  • Radiation oncology-related wounds: Despite recent improvements that target tumors more precisely, patients undergoing radiation therapy also suffer damage to the surrounding normal tissues. These chronic wounds, some of which develop over years, occur because normal wound healing processes are impaired. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides hope for patients with radiation wounds, helping the blood vessels and tissues to heal.
  • Failing tissue grafts and flaps: If a tissue graft is in danger of failing, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help by sustaining the graft until blood flow is restored. HBO therapy also promotes new capillary growth to improve blood flow to the area after surgery.

Learn more about the Englewood Health hyperbaric therapy program.