Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Simple and Effective
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment in which the patient breathes
100% oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. The therapy quickly delivers
high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream, assists in the healing
process of wounds and is effective in fighting certain types of infections.
It also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and improves circulation.
Treatments are administered daily (Monday through Friday) and the number
you receive will depend on your diagnosis.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions including:
- Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds
- Crush injuries
- Gas gangrene
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Radiation tissue damage
- Skin grafts and flaps
- Brown recluse spider bite
- Diabetic wounds of the lower extremity
When You Arrive at the Center
After an initial consultation and examination at the Center for Wound
Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, you will be ready to begin your therapy.
When you arrive, you will receive complete instructions regarding your
treatment. Before starting, you will change into a 100% cotton garment
provided by the center. For safety reasons, no other clothing may be worn
inside the hyperbaric oxygen chamber.
What to Expect During Treatment
Once you are comfortably positioned inside the chamber, the pressure will
gradually be increased and the temperature will temporarily rise. You
may experience fullness in your ears as a result of the increased pressure.
The technician will instruct you in ways to help clear the pressure and
relieve any discomfort. Most treatment sessions in the chamber 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 somewhat. Our technician and
staff will guide you through the entire process.
For More Information
If you have questions or need further information, call the Center for
Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at St. Mary's Medical Center