Southwest Regional wound care center, Levelland Texas is a medical center that specializes in the treatment of non-healing wounds. We use different treatment options, amongst which is hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat non-healing wounds. Southwest Regional wound care center treats the best Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment in Levelland.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment whereby the oxygen content in the blood is significantly increased to facilitate and promote healing.
During a hyperbaric oxygen procedure, the patient is placed in a pressurized room with oxygen content that is multiple times more than normal oxygen content in the air. The patient breathes in 100% pure oxygen which allows the lungs to be filled with more oxygen.
It increases the oxygen content in the blood which restores normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to fight against infection and promote healing.
Who is a Candidate for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat and facilitate the healing of several medical conditions and infections.
You may be a candidate for hyperbaric oxygen therapy if you have any of these conditions:
- Diabetic ulcers
- Venous ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Non-healing surgical wounds
- Severe burns
- Radiation wounds
- Wounds due to poor blood circulation
- Bone infections
- Severe anemia
- Arterial gas embolism
- Decompression sickness
- Brain abscess
- Skin infection that leads to death tissue in the skin
- Crushing injury
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Skin graft or flap at risk of death of tissue
- Sports injuries
- Brain injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Gastrointestinal ulcers
- Heart disease
How the Treatment is done?
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment can be performed in a single (individual) hyperbaric oxygen unit or a multi-person hyperbaric oxygen room. The single hyperbaric oxygen unit is designed for just one person. You will need to lie down on a table that slides into a clear pressurized plastic tube.
The multi-purpose hyperbaric oxygen room is designed for multiple persons. Several patients can undergo treatment at the same time.
You can lie down on a bed or sit down on a comfortable chair. Oxygen mask or a clear hood will be placed over your head through which you receive the oxygen.
You will breathe in oxygen that is multiple times more than the normal oxygen. Also, feel a temporary feeling of fullness in your ears. You can relieve this feeling by yawning or swallowing.
Some treatments may take up to 2 hours, hence you may be required to take short breaks to prevent oxygen poisoning and also prevent the tissues in your body for accumulating excess oxygen.
You may be in the chamber for as short as 3 minutes or as long as 2 hours depending on the severity of your condition. For very serious conditions, a single treatment may not be enough. You may be required to repeat the procedure.
Complications and Risks
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is generally a safe procedure. Risks or complications are very rare. However, there are possibilities of some complications that can arise. These include:
- Collapse of the lungs due to the increase in air pressure
- Excess oxygen could lead to oxygen poisoning
- Rupture of the eardrum or injuries leading to leaking fluid
- Temporary near-sightedness resulting from changes in the eye lens
- Some patients experience anxiety or claustrophobia when inside the oxygen chamber
- Seizures as a result of the increase in the amount of oxygen in the central nervous system.
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