The lower extremities can be greatly affected by diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy can leave feet and legs vulnerable to silent and painless trauma, which can ultimately lead to amputation. It occurs in 15% of all patients with diabetes and precedes 84% of all lower leg amputations. A compromised circulatory system fails to bring enough fresh oxygenated blood, nutrients, and antibiotics to a traumatic wound, and the immune system cannot resolve an infection by fighting bacteria and cleansing the wound site on a cellular level. There are more than 90,000 lower extremity amputation procedures performed on patients with diabetes in the U.S. annually, which is roughly one every six minutes. The corresponding cost for someone who eventually needs an amputation ranges from $43,000 to $63,000, mainly due to the increased need for home care and social services after the procedure is complete.
But recent estimates indicate that up to 85% of all lower extremity amputations can be prevented. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy brings oxygen to compromised circulatory system that fails to bring enough fresh oxygenated blood. HBOT helps repair wounds and enhance healing by improving blood circulation, encouraging the formation of new capillary blood vessels, supplying more oxygen to tissue in the wound bed, and stimulating the growth and distribution of stem cells. Hyperbaric oxygen also helps kill the anaerobic bacteria that cause some of the worst infections in chronic wounds. By reducing the need for amputations, and its long term care, there is a significant cost savings. Savings can also be optimized by utilizing a facility outside of a hospital.
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.