by Maria Callier
Callisto Medical, conveniently located in Denver’s fashionable Capitol Hill area is a unique skin clinic because of the wide range of services it offers: aesthetical skin treatments (medical/acne facials, dermaplane, peels and botox) nutritional information, free consultations about plastic surgeons in the Denver metro area and expert medical care and attention for post-surgical care in an intimate home-like environment.
Callisto also offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for patients who can benefit from its healing properties. It is a treatment where the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen at a pressure greater than normal atmosphere. It promotes healing because it brings the patient up to 4.5 atmospheric pressures and at that pressure the blood and plasma are completely oxygenated and the hemoglobin is able to attach to the red blood cells.
An average adult consumes six pounds of oxygen, but only two actually get into the blood stream for use by the tissues. HBOT is especially beneficial in Colorado where there are lower than normal amounts of oxygen in the blood due to high elevation. Many serious health problems are precipitated or exacerbated by tissue hypoxia (low oxygen). Patients may come to Callisto exclusively for HBOT or they may use it in conjunction with other treatments they are receiving at the Clinic.
Dr. Kelly Sennholz, the clinic’s double board certified physician recently talked about HBOT and explained who may benefit most from the therapy.
"HBOT is earning great acceptance by practitioners of orthopedic, neurological and plastic surgical conditions because it can accelerate healing in almost any problem with wound healing. Historically HBOT has been considered the prime treatment for decompression sickness, air embolism and carbon dioxide poisoning. However, there are around 60 medical conditions that can be treated either with HBOT alone, or in conjunction with medications and protocol," said Dr. Sennholz.
HBOT is currently use to treat air or gas embolism, carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation, cyanide gas poisoning, Clostridial myonecrosis (gas gangrene), decompression sickness (the bends), healing problem wounds, crush injury, anemia or exceptional blood loss, necrotizing fasciitis (necrotic soft tissue disease of the muscle, fascia or subcutaneous tissue), chronic osteomyelitis, tissue damage from radiation therapy, (aka osteoradionecrosis), skin grafts and flats that are damaged and subject to extreme conditions and do not have a good chance of tissue survival), thermal burns, brown spider bites such as brown recluse.
On an experimental basis HBOT is being used to treat: Cerebral Palsy, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme disease, reconstructive and plastic surgery, headaches and fatigue and neuropathy, sports injuries, autism, anti-aging studies, skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and Rosacea.
During the treatment, which is safe and not painful, the patient lies quietly in the chamber while reading, sleeping or just relaxing.
The number of sessions needed and the duration of the treatments depends upon the condition(s) being treated. The cost is $150 per one-hour treatment. If a patient buys a ten part series, the tenth session is free.
For more information about HBOT (and other treatments and services) contact Dr.Sennholz at Callisto Medical, 303-861-7007 or via email, aesthetics@CallistoMedical.com. Callisto Medical is located at 920 Clarkson Street in Denver.