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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy May Help Your Healing

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Robert Murphy Jr., MD
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You have a wound that is taking a long time to heal. Maybe blood flow to that area is poor, or your tissues were damaged by radiation therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy at LVPG Wound Healing–Muhlenberg may be the perfect solution to your problem.

“There are many medical conditions and wounds that are very hard to heal under normal circumstances,” says Robert Murphy Jr., MD, LVHN's Associate Chief Medical Officer and plastic surgeon with LVPG Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery–1243 Cedar Crest. “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a natural way to help augment the body’s natural healing process.”

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments are provided in pressurized chambers designed specifically to deliver 100 percent oxygen at a pressure higher than sea level for a designated period of time. It will increase the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream two to three times the normal amount, which can make a major difference in the healing of wounds and damaged body tissues.

“This process has been around for decades, since people began to understand how it helped deep-sea divers with the bends (decompression sickness),” Murphy says. “As the technology developed, it proved valuable in other ways, including in healing damaged body tissues and some wounds. The demand for it has increased over the years, and we’ve responded to that need. It’s been a valuable addition to the way we serve the community.”

Each treatment takes about 90 minutes. Best results have included about 30 treatments. The duration varies by the nature of the condition.

There are specific medical conditions for which hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used for treatment. Some of the more commonly known conditions include:

  • Chronic infections of the bone and other infections that have not responded to conventional treatment
  • Injury or damage to tissues related to radiation therapy, such as the gastrointestinal tract, bladder and skin
  • Compromised skin grafts or flaps
  • Diabetic foot ulcers

You should discuss your condition with your doctor to determine if your condition may benefit from treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.