In the average person a wound or injury is usually not considered serious. When a person has diabetes, it can be a great cause for concern because a wound may be slow to heal. Diabetic wounds mainly occur on the soles of the feet or on the lower extremities. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) along with advanced wound care can offer many advantages in helping to heal these problematic wounds.
How Do Diabetic Wounds Occur?
Many times, People with diabetes are unable to manage their blood glucose levels. If blood glucose levels are constantly high, it weakens the body’s white blood cell function, which is crucial for fighting off bacteria efficiently. If the glucose level is not maintained in a normal range, a diabetic wound may take longer to heal.
A slow-healing wound has the potential to become a serious dangerous infection sometimes leading to an amputation. In extreme cases, these wounds can even be fatal, if the infection spreads to vital organs in the body.
How Can Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Help?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) works by increasing levels of oxygen in the body at cellular level, giving the cells up to five times more oxygen than normal.
- Collagen production is normally weakened in diabetics, which is why skin becomes brittle and prone to wounds. Collagen production is increased, with HBOT which allows the skin to become more elastic and making it less likely for a wound to start.
- HBOT causes Increased angiogenesis, which is the development of new blood vessels. Blood vessels are vital for wound repair, as these vessels allow for blood and its nutrients to be transported in the skin.
- HBOT Enhances perfusion, fluid can pass through permeable membranes into tissue cells, helping circulatory system to be more effective.
- Edema occurs when fluid builds up under the skin. By reducing edema, you can reduce painful swelling that can happen in the legs or feet, as well as prevent the circulatory system from being hindered by swelling. HBOT can decrease edema.
- HBOT helps to Increase immune function by increasing white blood cells, in turn helping the body to fight off bacteria and prevent infection.
- HBOT increases the body’s absorption rate allowing for other medications to be absorbed more quickly into the bloodstream.
At RegenQuest we provide hyperbaric medicine, specialized wound care, and supportive nutrition that is outcome driven to regenerate the health of individuals with a wide variety of medical conditions including diabetic wounds. Our HBOT sessions are usually two hours long, giving your body enough time to saturate the cells with increased oxygen levels. Our services are provided by a professional licensed medical staff with over 30 years of experience in advanced wound care. Individualized treatment plans are designed to each patient’s specific situation to facilitate successful wound healing. Don’t just take it from us, listen to what some of our patients have to say about their experience with wound care treatment.