Who Can Benefit From HBOT?

What can HBOT Treat?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is perhaps most associated with diving injuries and chronic wound healing, but it’s recognized as a safe and effective treatment for more than a dozen acute and chronic conditions*, from diabetic foot ulcers to radiation injury. Specifically, HBOT has been known to treat the following conditions:

  • Decompression illness (sometimes called diving sickness)
  • Carbon monoxide intoxication/poisoning
  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Gas embolism/air embolism (blockage of blood supply to a vital organ)
  • Gas gangrene/myonecrosis (bacterial infection)
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia (tissue injury to an extremity caused by lack or loss of blood flow)
  • Crush injuries/suturing of severed limbs
  • Progressive necrotizing infections, such as necrotizing fasciitis (death of tissue caused by fast-spreading bacterial infection)
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency (which can lead to ulcers and other non-healing wounds)
  • Compromised skin grafts/skin flaps
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis (bone infection)
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis (tissue damage caused by radiation)
  • Actinomycosis (rare bacterial infection that causes sores and abscesses)

Aside from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-approved conditions above, HBOT therapy is continually being researched as a viable treatment for a range of acute and chronic conditions.

*You might hear or see these sometimes referred to as “indications” by those in the medical profession.

Enoch Huang, MD

“We have gotten better at managing patients with chronic wounds at our dedicated wound care clinics and using hyperbaric oxygen therapy to complement the treatment plan. The key is for our patients to not wait but to call us right away if they notice a problem. By going to a wound care clinic, amputation is no longer the first and only choice available to patients.”

Dr. Enoch Huang

Program Medical Director for Legacy Emanuel Medical Center’s Hyperbaric Medicine/Wound Healing Department