Oxygen therapy is one of the most advanced and effective treatments available to treat hard-to-heal wounds and other conditions. The Enloe Wound/Ostomy & Hyperbaric Center in Chico, Calif., is the only facility of its kind in Butte County. Enloe has been serving wound care patients with hyperbarics since 2010.
How hyperbaric Oxygen therapy works
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy delivers 100 percent oxygen in a pressurized environment. The oxygen-rich blood promotes healing, particularly for chronic wounds in patients with diabetes. Treatments increase the body’s own healing factors, stimulate new blood vessel growth in wound tissue, assist with tissue regeneration and healing, and help maintain healthy tissue.
The hyperbaric chamber experience
Our multi-use hyperbaric chamber seats up to six individuals, including a technician. The typical session lasts about two hours with four or five patients. Oxygen is delivered through a special hood delivery system worn by each patient. Most people feel pressure, similar to diving in a pool or riding on an airplane, and clear their ears as pressure increases. During treatment, patients may rest, sleep, listen to music or watch a movie. We offer a selection of movies to choose from.
Conditions we treat
Enloe's Hyperbaric Services provides medically approved treatments with a comprehensive treatment plan. Conditions we can treat include:
- Problematic wounds, including diabetic wounds
- Chronic non-healing wounds
- Infections including chronic bone infections
- Radiation injuries from radiation treatment for cancer
- Crush injuries
- Skin grafts or flaps that are not healing properly
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis when conventional treatment does not help
- Osteoadionecrosis and soft tissue radionecrosis
- Diabetic and non-healing wounds of the lower extremity if the patient has Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes, a wound classified as Wagner Grade III or higher, and who has failed at least 30 days of treatment with standard therapy
- Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
- Sutured severed limbs
- Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
- Actiomycosis, when the disease process is not responding to antibiotics or surgical treatments
- Fractures that have not mended or healed as expected*
- Non-healing surgical incisions*
*With advanced care planning and prior authorization
Team of professionals
Our team treats and guides patients in their healing journey. Physicians have advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric medicine. The nursing staff is trained in the care of chronic, non-healing wounds, and the technicians perform non-invasive studies and prescribe therapies.
The treating physicians at the Enloe Wound/Ostomy & Hyperbaric Center are Kurt Johnson, MD, as well as Andrew Knapp, DO, and Scott Zittel, DO, who oversee and administer hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Joseph Matthews, MD, also provides treatment.
Getting started with treatment
Hyperbaric therapy service requires an order from the patient's physician. In some cases, a doctor at our center can evaluate and refer a patient directly into hyperbaric therapy.
Referral for services
A physician or someone acting on a physician’s behalf can refer a patient to the Enloe Wound/Ostomy & Hyperbaric Center. Simply complete this Referral Form and fax it to the enclosed number.
FAQ and How to Prepare
We have answered your frequently asked questions about hyperbaric oxygen therapy and explained how to prepare for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Enloe Wound/Ostomy & Hyperbaric Center
1026 Mangrove, Suite 10
Hours: Monday through Friday, by appointment
Physicians on Enloe’s Medical Staff are independent licensed practitioners not employed by the medical center.