Highly Effective and Totally Painless

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at St. Luke’s

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy involves breathing 100 percent oxygen at an elevated ambient pressure. Normally the air we breathe contains only 21 percent oxygen at a pressure of one atmosphere (barometric pressure at sea level).

Breathing 100 percent oxygen at elevated pressure (2.0 to 3.0 atmospheres) causes 20 times more oxygen to travel through the body’s bloodstream to injured organs and tissue, causing accelerated healing and other beneficial effects.

By healing wounds when other treatments fail, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy reduces the risk for amputation.

This is especially effective when it comes to diabetes wound management efforts, but is helpful in other cases of infection and skin damage, as well. St. Luke’s hyperbaric medicine physicians work together with referring physicians to determine the best treatment plan possible.

What to Expect During Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

During the hyperbaric sessions, you lie in a clear acrylic chamber filled with pressurized oxygen. You can nap, watch television or listen to music during treatment. The level of pressure combined with pure oxygen increases the concentration of oxygen in your blood stream, increasing your body’s ability to heal itself.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a painless and highly effective treatment method for healing wounds and radiation complications that are not responding to other treatments.

Successful Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to successfully treat tissue damage caused by many chronic, non-healing conditions such as:

  • Radiation injury (caused by radiation therapy)
  • Skin wounds
  • Compromised skin flaps and grafts
  • Diabetic ulcers wounds of the lower extremities and feet with vascular complications
  • Slow healing and non-healing wounds related to radiation treatments and/or bladder and bowel problems related to radiation treatments (STRN)
  • Crush injuries
  • Chronic bone infections (CRO)

Medicare and other insurances recognize hyperbaric oxygen therapy as appropriate treatment for 14 different conditions. Your St. Luke’s wound care specialist can work with our insurance specialists to obtain pre-qualification if this hyperbaric treatment is recommended.