HBOT is a medical treatment that uses pressurized oxygen to aid in healing wounds. The patient relaxes in a comfortable chamber which is pressurized at greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure. This allows them to breathe pure oxygen, saturating their blood plasma so it may carry anywhere from 15 to 20 times the normal amount of healing oxygen to the body’s tissues. By increasing the amount of oxygen in your blood that is circulated to body tissues, HBOT can promote wound healing, preserve damaged tissue, help to control infection, and increase the formation of blood vessels.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may be considered for many conditions, including: diabetic ulcer of the lower extremities, chronic refractory osteomyelitis, soft tissue radionecrosis and osteoradionecrosis, compromised skin grafts and flaps, progressive necrotizing infection/fasciitis, acute peripheral arterial insufficiency.
HBOT is pain-free, safe and effective, with few to no side effects. During treatment, patients lie in a see-through atmosphere-controlled chamber that allows freedom of movement. During the hyperbaric oxygen treatment, the patients are monitored at all times by a trained technician. Most patients listen to music, watch TV, or nap during their treatment. Individual treatments last from 90 to 120 minutes. The number of treatments prescribed varies by condition; usually 20 to 60 treatments administered five days per week.
All HBOT sessions are supervised by specialty trained physicians, nurse practitioners, and nursing staff.