We're proud to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy for burn and wound treatment at both Community Regional Medical Center and the John C. Harris Wound Healing Center at Clovis Community Medical Center.

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment that supplies your body with crucial oxygen needed to help heal skin tissue and prevent infection.

Patients with hard-to-heal wounds are placed in a special chamber where they breathe in 100% oxygen. The pressure inside the chamber is slowly increased to two to three times normal atmospheric pressure — allowing more oxygen than the amount you would receive in normal air pressure. 

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has many benefits, including:

  • Greatly increasing oxygen concentration in all body tissues
  • Stimulating the growth of new blood vessels in areas of reduced circulation
  • Enhancing white blood cells’ efficiency in killing bacteria and controlling infections
  • Preserving tissues where circulation is suddenly reduced
  • Reducing edema (swelling)
  • Reversing damage to tissues exposed to radiation therapy

A young Latina woman smiles as she rests in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Indications

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be recommended if you have the following indications:

  • Central retinal artery occlusion, or the sudden blockage of the artery that brings blood to your retina
  • Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds
  • Refractory osteomyelitis, or swelling of bone tissue due to infection
  • Delayed radiation injury (soft tissue and/or bony necrosis)
  • Compromised grafts or flaps
  • Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (sometimes called sudden deafness)
  • Diabetic foot ulcers

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