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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) uses a special pressure chamber to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy exposes the entire body to 100% oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure. The patient’s oxygen-saturated blood promotes healing of chronic wounds and damaged tissue. The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Treatment has two HBOT chambers used for treating these conditions:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Chronic osteomyelitis
  • Post-radiation injuries
  • Gas gangrene
  • Necrotizing infections
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Treating soft tissue or bone infection

How does it work?

During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the air pressure is about two to three times normal air pressure. The increased air pressure will create a temporary feeling of fullness in the ears. Patients can relieve that feeling by yawning or swallowing.

For most conditions, therapy lasts approximately two hours.


What can I expect after treatment?

Patients may feel somewhat tired or hungry following treatment. This doesn’t limit normal activities.