Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an effective treatment for diabetic wounds. By driving oxygen deep into tissues, it reduces cell death and pain symptoms. Hyperbaric oxygen also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels, enabling the body to increase effective oxygen and nutrient delivery.
An estimated 20 million people in the United States have diabetes. Some patients with pre-diabetes and impaired blood sugar tolerance may have symptoms. A person has a greater chance of feeling pain because of damaged nerves the older the person is, the longer they have had diabetes and the less-controlled the disease.
50% of patients with long-standing diabetes have numbness, burning, electrical sensations, stabbing, or shooting pain in their feet or legs, which is usually worst during the night. The lack of sensation also has consequences because if a person’s shoes fit improperly, are too tight have rough spots inside or rub when the person walks, blisters, abrasions or cuts may not be felt. These wounds can become infected and very difficult because circulation is not as good. With hyperbaric oxygen therapy, all body fluids, including the lymph and cerebrospinal fluids, are infused with the healing benefits of molecular oxygen. It can reach bone and tissues that are inaccessible to red blood cells, enhance white blood cell function, and promote the formation of new capillary and peripheral blood vessels. HBOT results in increased infection control and faster healing of wounds.
Orlando Hyperbarics provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in a convenient and comfortable non-hospital facility. The center, located at 6200 Lee Vista Boulevard, Suite 250, Orlando, Florida 32822, is served by SR 436 and SR 528, easily accessed from Orlando International Airport, and located near Orlando’s Medical City in Lake Nona.