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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can improve blood circulation and your blood’s ability to deliver oxygen to the body, treating many health problems, including:

  • Diabetic wounds
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Radiation therapy injuries following cancer treatment
  • Compromised skin grafts or flaps
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can improve blood circulation and your blood’s ability to deliver oxygen to the body, treating many health problems, including:

  • Diabetic wounds
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Radiation therapy injuries following cancer treatment
  • Compromised skin grafts or flaps
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning

How Does HBOT Work?

  • Oxygen in a Chamber

    HBOT involves breathing 100 percent oxygen in a sealed chamber. The chamber concentrates the oxygen five times higher than the normal air we breathe with a pressure 1.5 to three times normal atmospheric pressure.

  • Does HBOT Have Side Effects?

    Mild side effects include:

    • Mild ear pressure, relieved by swallowing
    • Nearsightedness (myopia), which can last for two weeks
  • How Much Will It Hurt?

    You won’t have any pain. Your ears may feel full.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: The Procedure
Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

What to Do and Expect

At the clinic, you’ll lie down on a padded table that slides into a single-person chamber. We will gradually pressurize the chamber with 100 percent oxygen. While in the chamber:

  • Relax and breathe normally; you can talk to the nurse if you need to.
  • We will show you ear-clearing techniques (like swallowing and yawning) before your treatment. If you have pain or pressure in your ears during your session, tell the nurse, who can adjust chamber pressure.
  • If you’re at high risk for seizure activity, you will take air breaks every half hour. 
  • The nurse will slowly depressurize the chamber. You may have some ear popping.

Details About HBOT

  • How Do I Get Ready for Treatment?

    On the day of your treatment: 

    • Take any medications you have as usual. 
    • You can have a light meal. 
    • Don’t drink carbonated beverages or smoke.
  • How Long Will It Take?

    Your treatment plan can involve 10-40 sessions over 2-6 weeks, depending on your diagnosis. 

    Each session takes 90 minutes, but plan on 2 hours, start to finish.

  • How Will HBOT Affect Me?

    You should be able to go back to your daily activities after your treatment. In most cases, there isn’t special care after treatment. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions. Call your doctor if you have any discomfort or pain in your sinuses or ears.

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