Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is used to treat some medical conditions. The treatment takes place in a chamber that you can see out of. You will lay on a stretcher inside the chamber. While inside the chamber, you can watch TV or a movie. The chamber is pressurized, and you will breathe one hundred percent oxygen. Your blood carries the extra oxygen which is taken to your injured area.
If you have a wound that hasn't healed in four weeks, ask your doctor if HBO is a recommended treatment for you.
How many treatments will I need?
Treatment is different for each patient. It depends on the patient's condition and response to therapy. Most patients receive between 30 and 40 treatments.
How long does a treatment last?
Treatment will last about 2 hours. You will receive one treatment a day, Monday through Friday. Your doctor will tell you if you need more than one treatment a day.
What should I expect before treatment?
The HBO technician will take your vital signs and listen to your lungs. The inside of your ears will be examined. You will be asked about your pain. If you have diabetes, your blood sugar will be checked. Safety checks will be done before each treatment.
Is HBO painful?
HBO is not painful. At the beginning of your treatment you may feel pressure in your ears. Like when you fly in a plane or drive up into the mountains. You may have to clear your ears. The HBO staff will instruct you on methods for clearing your ears:
- Open and close your mouth