Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy FAQs
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a mode of treatment that involves delivering high doses of oxygen to the body. It is done by breathing 100 percent oxygen through special head gear while inside a pressurized air treatment chamber. HBOT is a pain-free, non-invasive treatment that has been proven to heal ailments and wounds that have been resistant to standard therapy.
The pressure in the treatment room causes the oxygen you breathe to be dissolved in your blood, much like pressure causes carbon dioxide to be dissolved in soda pop. This extra oxygen is used by the body in many ways, such as reducing swelling, controlling infection and stimulating the growth of new blood vessels. It allows for conditions such as non-healing wounds to heal when they otherwise would not.
Before each treatment, you will change into a cotton uniform provided by the staff. For your convenience, lockers are furnished to store your clothing and other belongings during treatment. Your vital signs will be measured and you will be evaluated by our on-site physician. You will then enter the treatment room and sit down. A trained hyperbaric technician will assist you and will remain in the treatment room throughout the session.
As the treatment begins and the treatment room pressurizes, you may notice “popping” or fullness in your ears as your body adjusts to the changes. The treatment room will also feel a little warmer, but never to the point of being uncomfortable. When the treatment pressure is reached, the technician will assist you with putting on your head gear. You can then sit back and relax, read, nap or watch a movie on our widescreen TV.
At the end of the treatment, the pressure in the treatment room decreases and the air becomes cooler. When the session is concluded, you will be assisted out of the treatment room and you will change back into your regular clothes. Your uniform and head gear will be stored for your next treatment.
Yes. There are several things you can do to improve your success rate:
- Always keep appointments. Regular, consistent participation in therapy will help you the most.
- If you smoke, consider stopping or at least cutting back. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen needed for healing your wounds. All the benefits of HBOT will be increased if you quit.
- Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of rest will enhance your body’s ability to heal.
- Shoes/stockings (cotton socks permitted)
- All flammable fabrics (wool, synthetics, bedding)
- Street clothing, including undergarments made of wool, nylon, silk or satin
- Any static-producing material (Velcro)
- Oils and grease (make-up, lipstick, hair preparations, sunscreen, skin lotion)
- Nail polish
- Jewelry (all must be removed or covered with white tape)
- Metallic objects (bobby pins, hair clips, car keys)
- Batteries/battery-powered equipment (headphones, watches, hearing aids)
- Electronics/MP3 players
- Petroleum-based dressing (Vaseline gauze)
- Alcohol-based applications
- Hand warmers/transdermal heat patches
- Unnecessary items