Ozone Limb Bagging is a method of treating chronic wounds on extremities. If for example a patient has an open wound on their foot they would come in and have a plastic bag wrapped around the injured foot. The bag would then have a line of ozone going into the bag. An exit hole with a “destructor” would also be placed so that that there is a constant flow of oxygen & ozone into the bag. The “destructor” functions to destroy the ozone as it exits the bag so that the people in the room do not have to inhale ozone.

What is Ozone?

Ozone is a colorless gas made up of three atoms of oxygen (O3). We generate ozone by running an electrical current through medical grade oxygen.

What is Ozone Therapy?

Dr. Julia Ward employs different Ozone Therapies, including: Direct Intravenous Ozone Therapy, Ozone Dialysis and Hyperbaric 10 Pass Therapy. We detail each treatment separately but first, what exactly is ozone therapy? Ozone therapy takes medical-grade ozone, which is a highly reactive form of pure oxygen and creates a curative response in the body. The reactive properties of ozone stimulate the body to heal itself which is the cornerstone of regenerative medicine Dr. Julia Ward is offering.

What is Ozone Limb Bagging?

Limb bagging with ozone gas is a medical procedure that is used to treat certain conditions such as chronic limb ischemia, diabetic foot ulcers, and infected wounds. The procedure involves placing a patient’s limb, usually a foot or leg, into a bag that is filled with ozone gas.

Ozone gas is a highly reactive form of oxygen that is produced by exposing oxygen molecules to an electric discharge. It has potent antimicrobial properties and can help improve blood flow by stimulating the production of nitric oxide, a molecule that helps dilate blood vessels.

During limb bagging with ozone gas, the limb is first cleaned and disinfected to reduce the risk of infection. The limb is then placed into a bag made of a gas-permeable material, such as polyvinyl chloride. Ozone gas is then introduced into the bag, either by pumping it in or by using a specialized machine that generates ozone gas.

The patient’s limb is allowed to remain in the bag for a specific period of time, usually between 20 minutes to an hour. During this time, the ozone gas penetrates the skin and soft tissues, where it can help kill bacteria and other pathogens. It can also help improve blood flow by stimulating the production of nitric oxide, which can help improve oxygenation and promote healing.

Who can benefit from Ozone Limb Bagging?

Ozone Limb Bagging may be used for a variety of conditions. Patients with the following conditions often see improvement:

  • Chronic Limb Ischemia: This is a condition that occurs when there is not enough blood flow to the limbs, which can cause pain, ulcers, and difficulty walking
  • Diabetic Foot Ulcers: People with diabetes can develop foot ulcers due to nerve damage, poor circulation, and other factors. These ulcers can be slow to heal and can increase the risk of infection.
  • Infected Wounds: Ozone gas has antimicrobial properties that can help kill bacteria and other pathogens that may be present in infected wounds
  • Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): This is a condition that occurs when there is a buildup of plaque in the arteries that supply blood to the legs and feet, which can cause pain, cramping, and difficulty walking.
  • Venous Insufficiency: This is a condition that occurs when the veins in the legs are not able to properly return blood to the heart, which can cause swelling, pain, and skin changes

What are the health benefits of Ozone Limb Bagging?

Some of the health benefits of Ozone Limb Bagging are:

  • Kills infection
  • speeds up wound healing
  • increases tissue oxygenation

How to prepare for your Ozone Limb Bagging treatment?

There is no preparation needed. Dr. Ward will prepare everything when you come in.

What to expect during my Ozone Limb Bagging treatment?

You will arrive and be shown to our ozone treatment room.  You will then sit in a very comfortable recliner and blankets and pillows will be provided.  You will be asked to read over and sign the consent form.  Dr. Ward will go over the procedure with you and any questions will be answered at this time.

The wound will be cleaned and moistened with saline. A bag is then placed over the limb and a line with ozone flowing out is placed in the bag. An exit hole is made which has a “destructor” device that breaks down ozone as the gas exits. This prevents the patient and staff from breathing in ozone gas. Ozone gas is very irritating to the lungs so breathing ozone is the one way that you do NOT want to do.

What is the difference between Ozone Limb Bagging and Major Autohemotherapy (MAH)?

Some patients inquire if we offer this service. Major Autohemotherapy, (MAH) therapy began in Germany in the 1950s. This was one of the original ways that ozone was mixed with blood outside of the body. Before the Hyperbaric 10 Pass was invented this was the “gold standard” for getting the most amount of ozone into the body. A patient would have an IV placed. The patient’s blood would then be allowed to drain by gravity into a bag on the floor. When about 200cc of blood had filled the bag it would then be hung up above the patient. Then ozone gas is injected into the bag to mix with the patient’s blood. It was then dripped back into the patient.

Compared to the Hyperbaric 10 Pass this method was extremely inefficient and only delivered a small fraction of ozone. There is also some concern that the ozone gas would react to the plastic bag that the blood was collected in. With Hyperbaric 10 Pass there is a glass jar used rather than a plastic bag.

We do not offer Major Autohemotherapy because our other treatment methods, Hyperbaric 10 Pass Therapy and Ozone Dialysis are so much more efficient and deliver exponentially more ozone to the body.

The Hyperbaric 10 Pass (HBO3) was invented by an Austrian GYN doctor, Dr. Johann Lahodny. In this procedure the patient has one IV through which 200cc of blood is pulled into a glass vial using a slight vacuum pressure. Then through a separate line ozone is added to this glass vial – about 200 – 500cc. The blood and ozone are mixed then the blood is allowed back through the IV to the patient. That is considered one “pass”. Typically the patient has 10 of these passes done in one sitting – usually taking about one hour. This was the gold standard for getting the most amount of ozone into the body at one time. Once the ozone dialysis was developed by Dr. Robert Rowen it was found to get 4-6 times the amount of ozone than the Hyperbaric 10 Pass. Dr. Julia Ward was trained by Dr. Robert Rowen in both Hyperbaric 10 Pass and Ozone Dialysis.

EBOO (Extracorporeal Blood Oxygenation & Ozonation) is another procedure that is comparable to Ozone Dialysis. It uses a separate machine (different manufacturer) than the one used for Hyperbaric 10 Pass and Ozone Dialysis.

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