Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are HBO treatments like?
HBO treatments are painless and non-invasive. You simply rest comfortably in the chamber. You can listen to music, watch TV or just nap if you wish. You may experience a sensation in your ears similar to flying in an airplane as the eardrums respond to the changes in pressure. You will be taught several easy methods to avoid ear discomfort. Our professional staff will be monitoring you at all times and you can easily communicate with them if you have any questions or concerns.
How many treatments will I need?
The initial treatment plan is based upon a professional evaluation at our wound center as well as recommended protocols established by our experts in hyperbaric medicine. Adjustments will be made during weekly re-evaluations of your wound. We usually start with 30 treatments and increase them if the wound warrants more treatments. Treatments are scheduled on weekdays for approximately six weeks with weekends off. We try to set you into a schedule to accommodate work if needed, but the time blocks are not always available.
How long is one treatment?
Treatments or “dives” are usually 90 minutes long. Plan on being in the wound center for two hours to account for changing, vital signs and ear checks.
What if I need to get out of the chamber?
We can terminate a treatment if needed. It usually will take 10 minutes to “re-surface.”
What does the chamber look like?
It is a large clear compartment made of acrylic. The chamber is large enough for patients to sit up at an angle. The wound staff monitors the patient through the entire treatment. Above and outside of the chamber is a flat screen TV for the patient to watch TV or movie while undergoing treatments.