A vascular surgeon with Western Vascular Institute in Mesa, Arizona, Dr. Mitar Vranic has board certification in vascular and general surgery and in wound care. Moreover, Dr. Mitar Vranic has received training from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), a source of medical and scientific information regarding hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Used to treat decompression sickness (a condition that affects scuba divers), hyperbaric oxygen therapy is also effective for addressing serious infections and wounds that have arisen as a result of conditions such as diabetes or radiation injury. It can also be employed to treat conditions such as carbon monoxide poisoning and gas gangrene and to encourage the healing of skin grafts.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves inhaling pure, pressurized oxygen in a sealed hyperbaric chamber. Because the air pressure within the chamber is roughly 2.5 times higher than normal atmospheric pressure, the blood carries more oxygen to the body’s tissues and organs. The relatively high oxygen concentration of the blood facilitates faster healing.