INFORMATION ON HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY (HBOT)
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Tissue that doesn’t heal or is slow to heal maybe caused by many reasons, for example damage from radiotherapy, diabetic complications, hardening of the arteries, reduced blood flow, infection. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides oxygen as a medical treatment. Breathing pure oxygen under pressure results in very high concentrations of oxygen in the tissues. The patient receives up to fifteen times the amount of oxygen when compared to breathing air normally. Essentially, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help heal the wound from the inside out. This therapy can help reduce swelling, fight infection, and build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthier tissue.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES IT TREAT?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is often used as an adjunctive treatment which means that it supports other forms of treatment for example while someone continues to have good wound care, and other types of care to improve their condition.
Commonly treated conditions include:
- Radiation damage to bone and soft tissue
- Non healing wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, failing skin grafts and venous leg ulcers
Other conditions are treated and funded through Medicare and Health Funds.
More conditions treated can be found here.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
It is important that all patients have an initial assessment prior to commencing HBOT. One of our specialist hyperbaric doctors will conduct a thorough assessment with you, reviewing your health history and current illness, discussing risks and benefits of HBOT and creating a treatment plan specific to your needs. You will also speak with other hyperbaric staff, including registered nurses and our chamber technician who will discuss with you about what to expect during your treatment. Our reception staff will provide an informed financial consent prior to any commencement of treatment.
MORE ABOUT HBOT
Each treatment takes around 1hour 40minutes. You will need to attend daily Monday to Friday, with regular reviews with our Doctors to assess your progress. Please take the time to watch our patient information video that will take you through the steps from your first appointment to what to expect during HBOT.
ABOUT WESLEY HYPERBARIC
Wesley Hyperbaric provides over 2000 treatments each year and we provide treatments for patients that reside in Queensland and the Northern New South Wales areas.
You can find us on the ground floor, in the Sandford Jackson Building at the Wesley Hospital in Auchenflower, Brisbane. We are a short 10 minute drive from the city and are easily reached via public transport. Our staff are able to assist you with transport, car parking availability and accommodation options.
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