Compromised Flaps and Skin Grafts
Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis
Non-healing Surgical Wounds**
Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss**
Delayed Radiation Injury
Approved Indications *include but not limited to;
**not covered by Medicare
Detailed Treatment Information
Diabetic ulcers, or diabetic wounds, occur in about 15% of the population of people with diabetes (according to the American Podiatric Medical Association). A diabetic ulcer is an open sore that does not heal. Usually, the ulcers present themselves due to lack of sensation in the patient’s foot or leg due to diabetic neuropathy.
Neuropathy is a condition that affects nerve ending function in diabetics and impairs sensation. Often, a person with diabetic neuropathy will injure themselves and not notice until the wound is significant because they do not feel it. Also, due to lack of blood flow and oxygenation to the affected area, these diabetic ulcers often do not heal on their own without professional medical intervention.
The risk of amputation of the affected limb for people with diabetic ulcers is significant if the wound does not show improvement over time. Fortunately, there are ways to treat diabetic ulcers including surgical debridement (removing the dead tissue around the wound) by a physician or trained medical professional, removing pressure from the wound,
and antibiotics, to name a few.
If the wound is still severe and not showing improvement after 30 days, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an adjunctive (additional) treatment that may be prescribed by the physician and is covered by most insurance plans.
The role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for the treatment of diabetic ulcers or diabetic wounds has been studied for decades. The results show that hyperbaric oxygen therapy is beneficial in preventing amputation and promoting healing by increasing new capillary growth, reducing swelling (or edema), and increasing blood flow to the affected area. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has also been shown to increase the effectiveness of antibiotics. HBOT is particularly beneficial for patients with a non-healing wound who have undergone debridement and traditional wound care methods who are not showing significant progress after 30 days.
Delayed Radiation Injuries: Radiation Cystitis, Radiation Proctitis, Osteoradionecrosis
Radiation Injury, or soft tissue radiation injury is a condition in which radiation therapy has been used to fight cancer in the affected area, but in doing so, some of the surrounding tissue has been affected by the radiation therapy. Approximately 5% of the population receiving radiation therapy experience a radiation injury at some point in their lives. Radiation injury causes the blood vessels to narrow in the area, depriving oxygen and blood flow to the surrounding tissue. Over time, the lack of essential oxygen and blood flow causes the tissue to break down, resulting in side effects such as pain and wounds.
Radiation injury of the bladder is called Radiation Cystitis. If the condition is accompanied by bleeding, it is called Hemorrhagic Radiation Cystitis. Other symptoms of Radiation Cystitis are pain and incontinence.
Radiation Proctitis, Radiation Enteritis, Radiation Colitis
Radiation injury of the lower GI tract can be called Radiation Proctitis, Radiation Enteritis, or Radiation Colitis, depending upon where the injury occurred in the GI tract. Common symptoms include pain, incontinence, diarrhea, and bleeding. In some instances, a fistula can occur. Fistulas are wounds directly connected to the bowels.
Osteoradionecrosis is a radiation injury of the head and neck area which may include damaged jawbone and tissues of the head and neck. When muscle and skin is compromised, it is called Soft Tissue Radionecrosis.
Radiation injury can occur elsewhere on the body, such as the chest or breasts after radiation is used to treat breast cancer. Anywhere radiation therapy is used on the body may be susceptible to a radiation injury.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been shown in clinical trials to reverse the effects of radiation injury. It has been used for over 30 years to treat radiation injuries.