AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) — The physicians and clinicians at Northwest Wound Care use leading edge therapies to reintroduce the body's innate ability to heal chronic wounds. One state-of-the-art therapy being used to save limbs from amputation updates the old folk wisdom that “Fresh air cures anything.”
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, increases the amount of oxygen to wounds allowing them to heal from the inside.
Patients receiving treatments watch television while relaxing on a bed encased in a large see-through plastic shell, as they are surrounded by 100 percent oxygen at higher-than-normal atmospheric pressure.
Under hyperbaric conditions, oxygen molecules in the patient's red blood cells become reduced in size to more easily dissolve into the liquid portion of the blood and be transported throughout the body to speed healing.
During the non-invasive procedure, the only sensation patients may experience is a slight pressure in the ears, as on an airplane, when the pressure changes.
HBOT treatments are used for wounds that have not responded to traditional treatments. Treatments are typically covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans. Northwest Wound Care also welcomes self-referrals.
Northwest Wound Care is a member of the Healogics network and Healogics Chief Clinical Officer Katy Rowland explains, "Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has proven, well-documented results healing numerous conditions including diabetic foot ulcers, radiation injuries to tissue and bone and some types of vascular disorders resulting in poor blood circulation."
Healogics is the nation’s leader in wound care services, serving more than 200,000 patients annually.
Chronic wounds affect more than eight million people in the U.S. and the incidence is rising fueled by an aging population and increasing rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy.
Northwest Wound Care, located at 1200 Wallace Blvd. in Amarillo also offers negative pressure therapies, bio-engineered tissues and bio-synthetics to treat chronic wounds. For more information contact Northwest Wound Care at 806-351-4152.