Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is an essentially painless treatment
in which the patient breathes 100% oxygen inside a pressurized chamber.
The treatment quickly delivers high concentrations of oxygen into the
bloodstream which assists in the healing process of wounds and is
effective in fighting certain types of infections. HBO also stimulates
the growth of new blood vessels and improves circulation.
Treatments are typically administered daily, with sessions lasting
about 90 minutes. The number of treatments patients receive will depend
on their individual diagnosis. In the past year, the St. Vincent Wound
Healing Center has administered over 1,000 Hyperbaric Oxygen treatments.
in the chamber, the patient is in constant communication with the
Hyperbaric Technician through an intercom and private handset. They are
also given the opportunity to listen to music or watch movies to help
pass the time.
St.Vincent Wound Healing Center’s hyperbaric services are supervised
by Dr. V. Chowdry Pinnamaneni. Dr. Chowdry is one of four physicians in
Indiana that is board certified in HBO.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can be used for:
- Diabetic Ulcers
- Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis
- Soft Tissue Radionecrosis and Osteoradionecrosis
- Radiation Induced Cystitis
- Compromised Skin Grafts and Flaps
- Gas Gangrene
- Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss