Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT, is a medical treatment in which a patient breathes 100% oxygen while under atmospheric pressure in a hyperbaric chamber. This is sometimes helpful in wound healing because breathing 100% oxygen (O2) under atmospheric pressure dissolves more O2 in your body’s blood, which is then delivered to those areas that are having trouble healing due to the lack of O2 in the surrounding tissues.
The chamber allows us to regulate the atmospheric pressure. The experience inside the chamber is a little like what you might experience scuba diving beneath the surface of the water, which is why some people refer to a treatment session as a “dive.”
An average treatment session lasts approximately two hours, and while many patients find it so relaxing they fall asleep, others choose to watch movies or television programming on the flat screen TVs that each of our tanks are equipped with. During the entire session however, your progress will be monitored by a highly trained technician who will always keep you in plain sight 100% of the time, as well as by one of our skilled, on-site physicians who have also extensive training in HBOT.
There are a number of different conditions that could benefit from HBOT, including:
- A person with diabetes and a wound that is slow to heal, or is not healing
- Someone with damaged tissue from radiation therapy
- Someone with a skin graft that has a questionable blood supply
- Certain infections of the bone and/or skin
Anyone with a wound that has shown no significant improvement in 4 or more weeks