Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics
Manjulatha Badam, MD, CWSP, UHM
Hyperbaric Medicine Specialist & Board-Certified Wound Care Specialist located in San Antonio, TX
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) increases your lungs’ oxygen uptake significantly. More oxygen in your blood means more effective healing. Hyperbaric Medicine Specialist Manjulatha Badam, MD, CWSP, UHM, plans your treatment after an HBOT consultation at Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics in San Antonio, Texas. Call the office or book an appointment online to find out if you’re a candidate for HBOT today.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Q & A
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a painless therapeutic process that flushes your circulatory system with pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber.
You may be surprised at the number of benefits that hyperbaric oxygen therapy has to offer. Inside the chamber, the air pressure is 1.5 to 2.5 times higher than usual. Under this pressure, your lungs can absorb and gather more pure oxygen than they can in typical conditions. More oxygen in your blood means:
- Decreased inflammation and swelling
- Increased infection-fighting abilities
- Faster healing
- More blood vessel growth
- High stem cell and growth factor production
The process of getting hyperbaric oxygen therapy is not painful; some people describe the sensations as similar to taking off in an airplane. The transparent walls of the chamber are there to prevent feelings of claustrophobia, and Dr. Badam is there supervising at all times.
What does hyperbaric oxygen therapy treat?
Many studies and published articles display HBOT effectively helps reduce symptoms as well as rapidly heal many conditions. At Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics, Dr. Badam treats many conditions and wound types using hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Along with other possible treatments and lifestyle suggestions, Dr. Badam often recommends HBOT to treat:
- Diabetic ulcers
- Refractory Osteomyelitis
- Decompression sickness
- Compromised tissue grafts and flaps
- Burn injuries
- Soft-tissue infections
- Delayed radiation injuries
- Depression, PTSD, insomnia
- Sudden sensorineural hearing loss
- Long hauler’s syndrome
- Post-cosmetic procedures, anti-aging
- Pain management
- Migraine headaches
- General wellness
- Cardiac health
- Polymyalgia, muscle, and joint aches
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Connective tissue disease
- Post PRP injections for oxygen boost
- Acute mountain sickness
- Brown recluse spider bites
- Brain injuries
- Bone grafts
There are several other conditions that HBOT may benefit. During your initial consultation at Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics, Dr. Badam helps you explore your options and decide if HBOT is suitable.
How many hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions will I need?
During an initial HBOT evaluation, Dr. Badam assesses the wound or condition needing treatment. She also reviews your medical history and any factors that might affect your treatment with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
After the evaluation, Dr. Badam creates your treatment plan. You will likely need a series of regular HBOT sessions at Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics, though the exact number varies from person to person. Typically, it takes 10-40 treatment sessions to see the best possible healing with HBOT.
Each HBOT session lasts for 60-110 minutes. Dr. Badam typically recommends five sessions per week at Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has widespread implications for treating wounds and infections that struggle to heal. Schedule your initial evaluation by phone or online at Vayu Advanced Wound Clinic and Hyperbarics today.