Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment which has been successfully used for treating certain medical conditions, including chronic wounds. Scottsdale Healthcare offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy to selected patients upon physician referral, on either an inpatient or outpatient basis.
During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen at the same time his or her body is under increased atmospheric pressure. The increased pressure and oxygen concentration aids in healing, though treatment effects vary per patient.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment provides one or more of the following effects:
- Advanced wound healing
- Increased oxygen delivery to injured tissues
- Improved infection control
- Greater blood vessel formation
- Preservation of damaged tissues
- Elimination and reduced effects of toxic substances
- Reduction or elimination of gas-bubble obstructions
It is important to note that the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy result from an oxygen-enriched bloodstream, and not from the oxygen’s direct contact with wounds. This is why wound dressings are usually left in place during treatment. Scottsdale Healthcare's Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Management Center houses Arizona's largest hospital-based hyperbaric oxygen chamber, which seats up to 12 patients, as well as a single-patient mono chamber. In the multi-person hyperbaric chamber, patients can watch television, a movie, listen to the radio, read or just rest.
Insurance coverage for hyperbaric oxygen therapy varies according to the policies of different insurance companies. Individuals should check with their health plan regarding coverage prior to beginning treatment. Scottsdale Healthcare does accept assignment on Medicare patients. Any questions regarding coverage should be discussed with your health plan’s patient services department.
Hyperbaric & Wound Management Center
7400 E. Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Hyperbaric Chamber office – 480-882-4965
Wound Management Center – 480-882-6700