Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Wounds sometimes will not respond to general wound care treatments alone. For some patients, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is an effective technology that supplements the other treatment methods used by physicians. HBO therapy involves daily visits to the Wound Healing Center for three to four weeks with a follow-up session to monitor the healing progress.

During HBO therapy you are placed in a pressurized chamber where you breathe 100 percent oxygen. This increases the presence of oxygen within the wound and aids in healing and growth of new tissue. Hyperbaric oxygen treatments occur while you lie comfortably in the chamber. Generally, you will feel no differently than if you were lying in your own bed. You can listen to music, watch television or nap throughout the therapy.

During certain parts of the treatment, you may experience a sensation of fullness in your ears—similar to when you are flying in an airplane or driving down a mountain—as your eardrums respond to pressure changes. You will be taught several easy methods to avoid ear discomfort before treatment begins.