Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a treatment in which the patient breathes 100% oxygen in a controlled pressurized environment.
How Does HBOT Work?
Breathing 100% oxygen at above-normal pressure helps to deliver a high concentration of oxygen to the body's tissues. This large "dose" of oxygen enhances wound healing, promotes new blood vessel and tissue growth, improves circulation to affected areas and helps fight infection.
Except for some emergencies, HBOT is used as part of an overall treatment plan, which may include antibiotics, special dressings, debridement and other therapy.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is usually administered on an outpatient basis. Medicare and most health care plans reimburse hyperbaric therapy for currently approved indications.
What to Expect During HBOT
After an initial consultation and evaluation by our hyperbaric physician, you will be given complete instructions on your treatment by our specially trained staff. All expectations and risks will be explained.
A time and date to start the treatment will be decided upon and the treatment will be given at the same time Monday through Friday.
When you first arrive, you will be provided with some 100% cotton garments to change into prior to the treatment. Shoes will be removed and no outside items will be allowed in the chamber. Your vital signs will be taken prior to treatment, including your blood sugar if needed, and our physician may do a cursory exam of your ears.
Once you are ready, we will prepare for the treatment by lying down on the special hyperbaric bed. We will provide you with water and a blanket. One of our staff members is always in attendance while the treatment is in progress.
As the treatment starts, the chamber will be pressurized, similar to pressurizing the cabin of an airplane. The pressure on your ears will need to be cleared by swallowing, yawning or other methods. The staff can instruct you on the best procedures for you to use. This initial pressurization will only take 5-7 minutes until we reach our desired pressure or "depth". The oxygen is then administered at different time intervals, for a total of 90 minutes of oxygen. The total time inside the chamber is usually just under two hours.
During the treatment you will be able to watch television, listen to music, relax or even sleep.
After the treatment is complete, we will depressurize the chamber slowly, taking about 5 minutes to reach the "surface". There are no noticeable side effects that will affect you from going about your daily routine.
Preparing For Your Visit
For safety reasons, there are certain items that are not allowed inside the hyperbaric chamber. Please do not wear or bring any of the following:
- Makeup, Perfume, After shave, Lotions
- Hairspray, Hair oil or gels, Wigs/Hairpieces
- Any Alcohol or Petroleum based products
- Matches, Lighters or Flammable materials
- Watches, Hearing aids, or electronic devices
Please notify the staff if you come down with a cold or flu. This may delay your treatments. Also alert the staff if there is any change in your medications.
If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to follow your daily routine.
If you smoke, please refrain from smoking as much as possible during the course of your therapy. Now may actually be a good time to consider quitting.
Conditions That May Benefit From The Use Of HBOT Include:
- Diabetic Ulcer of Lower Extremity
- Chronic Osteomyelitis
- Delayed Radiation Injury (Soft Tissue and Bony Necrosis)
- Compromised Flaps or Grafts
- Necrotizing Infections
- Gas Gangrene
- Crush Injuries and other Acute Traumatic Ischemia
- Acute Peripheral Arterial Insufficiency
- Carbon Monoxide and Cyanide Poisoning
- Decompression Sickness
If you have any questions, please contact 727-834-4450. One of our qualified Care Team members will assist you.
Phone: (941) 342-8060
Fax: (941) 342-8091
Monday-Thursday: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Friday: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
The Wound Center is located at 5741 Bee Ridge Rd., Suite 120, on the 1st floor of the Medical Office Building.