Published on July 01, 2019

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy – Treatment for Chronic Wounds

PELLA, Iowa— The clinical team at the newly opened Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Pella Regional uses leading edge therapies to reintroduce the body's ability to heal chronic wounds. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBO, increases the amount of oxygen to wounds allowing them to heal from the inside.

Patients receiving HBO treatments watch television while relaxing on a bed enclosed in a large see-through acrylic shell as they are surrounded by 100 percent oxygen at higher-than-normal atmospheric pressure.

Under hyperbaric conditions, oxygen molecules in the patient's red blood cells become reduced in size to more easily dissolve into the liquid portion of the blood and be transported throughout the body to speed healing. 

During the non-invasive procedure, the only sensation patients experience is a slight pressure in the ears, as on an airplane, when the pressure changes. 

HBO treatments are used for wounds that have not responded to traditional treatments.  Treatments are typically covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans. 

Chronic wounds affect more than 8 million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy.

Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine also offers negative pressure therapies, bioengineered tissues and platelet growth technologies to treat chronic wounds. For more information contact Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Pella Regional Health Center located at 404 Jefferson Street in Pella at 641-628-6615.