Our board-certified vascular surgeons are also certified in wound care. One tool used in wound care is hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy which is often used to treat decompression sickness (a condition that affects scuba divers), is also effective for addressing serious infections and wounds that have arisen as a result of conditions such as diabetes or PAD. In peripheral artery disease, it helps in correcting hypoxia by promoting microcirculation, reducing swelling and inflammation and directly fighting infection to speed up wound healing. It can also be employed to encourage the healing of skin grafts.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves inhaling pure, pressurized oxygen in a sealed hyperbaric chamber. Because the air pressure within the chamber is roughly 2.5 times higher than normal atmospheric pressure, the blood carries more oxygen to the body’s tissues and organs. The relatively high oxygen concentration of the blood facilitates faster healing.