What is HBOT: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment sometimes used to treat chronic wounds and other medical conditions. The hyperbaric chamber delivers 100 percent oxygen at a pressure greater than atmospheric pressure (sea level). Due to the pressurized environment and exposure to 100% oxygen, increased oxygen travels to the affected areas of the body. The exposure of increased oxygen accelerates healing.
Medical conditions: HBOT is used to treat a variety of medical conditions including diabetic foot ulcers, radiation injuries to tissue and bone, necrotizing infections, compromised skin grafts and skin flaps, some types of arterial insufficiency and ischemia.
How does HBOT work: HBOT enhances the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to wound tissue.
Benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy include:
- Accelerates the wound healing process
- Increases oxygenation to all tissues
- Promotes collagen and new skin development
- Reduces Swelling and discomfort
- Promotes new blood vessel formation
- Increases capillary growth
- Activates bactericidal activity killing bacteria
Medicare: HBOT is approved by Medicare to treat patients with a variety of medical conditions.
Treatment duration: Each treatment will last approximately two hours. Depending on the appropriate prescribed treatment plan, most patients receive between 30 and 40 treatments.
Treatment experience: HBOT is not painful. At the beginning of the treatment, a patient may feel pressure in their ears similar to flying in a plane. While in the chamber, patients may watch movies or nap to help pass the time.