We are at the leading edge of wound care and hyperbaric therapy. Our professional staff believes that no patient should have to suffer from wounds that will not heal. Our patients are people, not numbers. We look at you as we would look at any one of our loved ones. When a wound from an accident, underlying disease, or infection isn’t healing properly, appropriate care can save a life or limb. San Diego Center for Hyperbaric Therapy offers this highly specialized care at our Hyperbaric Center.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is an advanced modality for the treatment of chronic non-healing wounds. Our facility is a physician driven; evidence based standardized care based on best practices.
How does it work?
HBOT helps wound healing by delivering oxygen rich plasma to tissue starved for oxygen. Wound injuries damage the body’s blood vessels releasing fluid into the surrounding tissue causing swelling. The swelling deprives the damaged cells of oxygen, and the tissue starts to die. HBOT reduces swelling while flooding the tissues with oxygen, the elevated oxygen pressure in the chamber can produce 10-15 times the amount of oxygen in the blood. HBOT aims to break the cycle of swelling, oxygen deprived starvation and tissue death.
Breathing 100% oxygen at 2.0 ATA arterial blood PO2 can achieve levels greater than 1500 mmHg, This high PO2 value allows for greatly expanded radius of diffusion of oxygen. This also creates a steep oxygen gradient from open capillaries to the edge of the wound. As a result, tissues with borderline ischemia or hypoxia can be intermittently supplied with oxygen in quantities sufficient to accelerate wound healing, and enhance leukocyte. Also improving microbicidal functions, and staves off necrosis.