Arterial Insufficiency Ulcers



The primary treatment of refractory ischemic wounds of the lower extremities is improvement in blood flow by angioplasty or surgical revascularization. However, hyperbaric oxygen treatment may be of benefit in those cases where persistent hypoxia remains after attempts at increasing blood flow or when wound failure continues despite maximum revascularization. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment may also be required in support of skin grafting in thi s setting.1



1 Hyperbaric Oxygen 2003: Indications and Results, The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Committee Report by John J. Feldmeier, D.O., Chairman and Editor. Copyright 2003, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc., Kensington, MD.