Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves breathing 100% oxygen in a sealed chamber. This concentration is five times higher than the normal air we breathe. The chamber is also pressurized to create 1.5 to 3 times normal atmospheric pressure. These changes can improve blood circulation and the blood’s ability to deliver oxygen to the body.

  • Call Your Doctor


    After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Discomfort or pain in your sinuses or ears
    • Onset of seizures
    • Vision problems
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves breathing 100% oxygen in a sealed chamber. This concentration is five times higher than the normal air we breathe. The chamber is also pressurized to create 1.5 to 3 times normal atmospheric pressure. These changes can improve blood circulation and the blood’s ability to deliver oxygen to the body.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure


    This procedure has been used to treat many health problems, including:

    • An air bubble (embolism) which gets into the circulatory system and blocks blood flow
    • Decompression sickness, which can occur when divers or miners come to the surface too quickly
    • Carbon monoxide poisoning
    • Wound healing, especially in patients with poor circulation
    • Radiation therapy
      injuries following treatment for cancer
    • Skin grafts, flaps, or
      burns
    Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
    Carbon monoxide poisoning
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  • Possible Complications


    If you are planning to have HBOT, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Mild discomfort
    • Nearsightedness
      (myopia), which can last for weeks or months
    • Sinus damage, ruptured middle ear, or lung damage
    • Damage to the ear drum (tympanic membrane)

    • Oxygen toxicity, which can cause
      seizures, fluid in the lungs, or respiratory failure

    • Worsening symptoms or increased risk for lung problems in people with
      congestive heart failure
      or lung disease

    Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.