The simple truth about wounds is that they need oxygen to heal. Diseases that cause circulation issues, like diabetes, make it difficult to get oxygen to the tissues of the body. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment that can make the difference.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a simple treatment in which you breathe pure oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. It helps the body’s oxygen-dependent, wound-healing mechanisms function more efficiently. With hyperbaric therapy, a high concentration of oxygen is delivered to your bloodstream, which helps your body’s natural healing process.
On August 20 the Center for Wound Healing at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro was the first to bring the magic of this therapy to southern Illinois.
Besides the 15 to 20 times the amount of healing oxygen it delivers to the body, the chambers also help fight certain types of infections, improves circulation and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels. For people with chronic wounds, this daily, relaxing therapy can be a lifesaver.
“The technology will provide advanced therapy for complicated wounds and help prevent amputations,” said Peggy Legan, Certified Nurse Practitioner and Certified Wound Specialist at the Center for Wound Healing.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is covered by Medicare and most insurance providers.