Helping Wounds And Burns Heal From The Inside Out
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital offers the only hospital-based Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) Program in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Wounds need oxygen to heal. During HBO therapy, patients are given 100% oxygen in a pressurized environment. We combine pressure and oxygen to increase the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream. This helps to speed the healing process.
HBO therapy is an outpatient service provided five days a week for several weeks, depending on your diagnosis, the extent of your wound, and our response to therapy. All treatments are physician supervised and last approximately two hours from start to finish. Chambers are equipped with a television, DVD player, and CD player so you can pass the time with ease.
The benefits of HBO therapy:
- Areas of the body with limited circulation become saturated in oxygen to facilitate wound healing.
- Increased oxygen helps kill harmful bacteria.
- HBO enhances the growth of new blood vessels in damaged tissues and wounds.
- HBO therapy helps preserve injured tissue.
HBO is a proven medical treatment for:
- Chronic non-healing wounds
- Crush injuries
- Decompression sickness/diving accidents
- Lower extremity diabetic ulcers
- Radiation damage
Chronic wounds associated with inadequate circulation, poorly functioning veins, and immobility, lead to lower quality of life and may lead to amputations. Typically, a wound that does not respond to normal medical care within 30 days is considered a non-healing wound. You may find the answers to many of your questions about HBO on our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Team Of HBO Medicine Specialists
The service is staffed by hyperbaric medicine physician specialists, a hyperbaric certified nurse, and a hyperbaric technician.
Learn More About Our Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy ProgramFor more information on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, please call 415.353.6700.