Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is used as an adjunctive treatment for problematic, non-healing wounds that meet certain criteria. Not all patients cared for at the Wound Treatment Center will need hyperbaric therapy. During treatments, the patient breaths in 100% pure oxygen and the patient’s blood plasma becomes saturated carrying 20 to 30 times the normal amount of oxygen to the body’s tissue. It also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels, which improve circulation. The pressurized chamber also aids in controlling edema. The ultimate result is the body’s natural wound healing mechanisms, which are oxygen dependent, are able to function more efficiently.

There are currently 14 approved indications for HBOT. The following is a listing of approved indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which are currently reimbursed by Medicare, HMOs and other insurance carriers:
  • Acute carbon monoxide intoxication
  • Decompression illness
  • Gas embolism
  • Gas gangrene
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs
  • Progressive necrotizing infections (necrotizing fasciitis, Meleney’s Ulcer)
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Actinomycosis
  • Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds
  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities.

Hyperbaric Treatment Safety Guidelines

For safety reasons, certain items are not allowed inside the hyperbaric chambers. Please do not wear or bring the following into the chamber during your treatment:
  • Makeup
  • Perfume
  • Aftershave
  • Hairspray/hair oils
  • Wigs/hairpieces
  • Nail polish
  • Alcohol- or petroleum-based products
  • Metallic items of any kind (jewelry, watches, coins, etc.)
  • Flammable materials
  • Hearing aids
  • Glasses
  • Cell phones and pagers

Please advise our physicians if you are currently receiving Adriamycin, Bleomycin, Cis-Platinum, Disulfiram or Sulfamylon and have a history of a pneumothorax.

What Will I Experience During Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Once you arrive, you will change into a 100% cotton garment provided by the Center. For safety reasons no other clothing may be worn inside the hyperbaric chamber. During your visit you will be examined by a physician and your treatment will be monitored by a technician.

Once you are comfortably positioned in the chamber, the treatment will begin. You may experience fullness in your ears as a result of the increased pressure and a gradual change in temperature. The technician, who will be monitoring your entire treatment, will instruct you in ways to help clear the pressure and relieve any discomfort. Most treatment session last approximately two hours. While undergoing treatment, you may watch TV or videos, simply relax or even sleep.

When your treatment is complete, the chamber is restored to normal pressure and the interior of the chamber will cool. Before you leave the clinic, you will be examined once more by our specialized staff. Our technician and staff will guide you through the entire process.