Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Serving Patients Throughout Greater Cleveland
Tissues of the human body require a sufficient supply of oxygen to function.
When tissue is injured, and when chronic wounds are slow to heal or resistant
to healing, even more oxygen is required for tissue to survive and to
prevent health risks, including loss of limbs or life-threatening conditions.
Southwest General Health Center’s comprehensive approach to treating
wounds involves the option for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to be used as
a supplement to traditional treatment methods.
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a medical treatment that involves delivering
high doses of pure 100% oxygen into the body. Patients breathe the pure
oxygen through specialized head gear while sitting in a pressurized cabin,
similar to that of an airplane. In the cabin, where air pressure can be
increased as much as three times higher than normal air pressure.
Under these conditions, the lungs gather more oxygen than they would at
normal air pressure, and the oxygen is dissolved in the blood to be used
by the body in many ways, including:
- Reducing swelling
- Controlling infections
- Stimulating growth of new blood vessels
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a well-established treatment that has been
shown to be extremely beneficial in healing or reducing the severity of
wounds. Conditions treated with HBOT include:
- Non-healing diabetic foot wounds
- Compromised skin grafts/flaps
- Chronic bone infection
- Bone/tissue injury resulting from radiation therapy
Your Treatment Experience
Southwest General has established an HBOT Center that includes a patient
intake area and pressurized cabin-equipped trailer. These facilities provide
the highest level of technology available for HBOT treatment. Trained
technicians guide patients step-by-step through this state-of-the art
treatment, which lasts for approximately two hours and can be done while
patients relax, watch a movie, read, or even take a nap.
As with all services provided by Southwest General, HBOT treatment plans
are tailored to the unique needs of individuals. Generally, patients require
four to seven weeks of treatment (usually performed daily, six days a
week) to achieve desired healing. Patients who comply with the HBOT treatment
plan recommended by their doctor often have better, faster healing, and
an improved quality of life.
Advanced Care to Promote Healing
Southwest General is committed to providing advanced and proven treatment
approaches to benefit patients across the Greater Cleveland area. If you
have questions about HBOT, or if you have been referred by a doctor for
treatment, we are readily available to help you learn more.
Contact us for more information.
Our HBOT Center is located on Southwest General’s Main campus, near
the Human Resources Department.