Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Therapy
St. Luke’s Wound Care Centers in Allentown, Bethlehem and Phillipsburg offer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), a highly effective, painless treatment to heal wounds and radiation complications that are not responding to other treatments. During the sessions, you lie in clear acrylic chambers filled with pressurized oxygen while you nap, watch television or listen to music. The pressure combined with pure oxygen increases the concentration of oxygen in your blood stream, increasing your body’s ability to heal itself.
|Kathryn Mikolon says she “wouldn’t be here” if it weren’t for the hyperbaric oxygen therapy she received at St. Luke’s Wound Care Center.
At St. Luke’s, our physicians, nurses and technicians trained in hyperbaric therapy oversee your treatment for better outcomes and improved quality of life. The hyperbaric team works with your family doctor or other referring physician to determine the best treatment plan for you.
By healing wounds when other treatments fail, HBO reduces your risk for amputation – particularly if you have diabetes. Studies have shown that hyperbaric oxygen therapy speeds wound healing for many types of wounds and complications associated with radiation treatments, such as:
How many treatments will I need?
- Diabetic ulcers wounds of the lower extremities and feet with vascular complications
- Head and neck cancer patients who need oral surgery or extractions that have had radiation treatments (ORN)
- Slow healing and non-healing wounds related to radiation treatments and/or bladder and bowel problems related to radiation treatments (STRN)
- Non-healing skin grafts of failing flaps
- Crush injuries
- Chronic bone infections (CRO)
The number of treatments needed varies based on the type and severity of the wound. Typically, however, you can expect to have 30 to 40 daily treatments (Monday through Friday). Treatments last about two hours.
HBO Therapy is available at our Allentown, Bethlehem, Quakertown and Warren Wound Care Centers.
Locations and Hours
St. Luke's Wound Management Center
St. Luke's University Hospital - Bethlehem
Office is conveniently located inside the A Entrance at Priscilla Payne Hurd Pavilion
801 Ostrum Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
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Monday through Friday: 8 am to 4 pm