FAQ For Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT):
How do I find out if HBOT is for me?
If you have a wound that hasn’t healed in four weeks, ask your doctor. He will evaluate your wound. He will decide if Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is for you.
Can someone stay with me during HBOT?
To protect the privacy of our patients, family members may not remain with you during your treatment. A waiting room is provided for their comfort. A trained staff member is always in the room during treatment. You can communicate with them at any time.
What should I wear?
We put safety first. We will provide you with clothing to wear during your treatment. Please do not wear any of the following items when you come to the center for HBOT therapy:
- Wigs or hair pieces
- Nail polish that has been on less than 24 hours.
- Contact Lenses
- Lotion or Oil
- Hearing Aids
- Cell Phones
- Perfume, cologne or aftershave
- Jewelry, including watches and earrings
- Hair spray or gel
- You cannot have anything in your mouth such as: gum, loose dentures, or candy during treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Treatment is different for each patient. It depends on the patient’s condition and response to therapy. Most patients receive between 30 and 40 treatments.
How long does a treatment last?
Treatment will last about 2 hours. You will receive one treatment a day, Monday through Friday. Your doctor will tell you if you need more than one treatment a day.
Is HBOT painful?
The only sensation you will experience is during the beginning (compression) phase of the treatment. The slowly increasing pressure will push on your eardrum. This is exactly the same feeling you would experience when landing in an airplane or diving to the bottom of a swimming pool. The Wound Center staff will instruct you on the different methods of relieving this ear pressure.
For Your Safety:
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is very safe as long as all the precautions are followed. As a patient, you will be given detailed information prior to your first treatment. Our staff will ensure your safety and make your therapy comfortable and stress-free.
It is extremely important that you do not use tobacco products during your course of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The nicotine and carbon monoxide in tobacco products diminish the process of healing and reduce the effectiveness of the treatment.
Do not drink any soft drinks or gas-producing foods 2 hours prior to your treatment. The carbonation and/or gas produced by some foods can cause stomach or bowel distress either during compression or decompression of the chamber.