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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy, originally used to treat decompression sickness in scuba divers, involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room. Your body's tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function. When tissue is injured, it may need more oxygen to survive. HBO therapy temporarily restores normal levels of oxygen to promote healing and fight infection. Experienced nurses and skilled technologists observe patients during this procedure; nurses are on call 27 / 7 for emergency HBO therapy.

HBO therapy is used to treat a wide assortment of conditions in a variety of ways. Your doctor may suggest HBO therapy if you have:

  • Air bubbles in your blood vessels (arterial gas embolism)
  • Decompression sickness (also called “the bends”)
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning or carbon monoxide poisoning complicated by cyanide poisoning
  • Wounds or crush injuries that won't heal
  • Gangrene
  • Skin or bone infections at risk of tissue death
  • Radiation injuries
  • Burns
  • Skin grafts or skin flaps at risk of tissue death
  • Severe anemia

What to Expect

HBO therapy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure and does not require hospitalization. If you are already hospitalized, you will remain in the hospital during your session.

During therapy, the air pressure in the room becomes two to three times higher than normal air pressure. This may create a temporary feeling of fullness in your ears. A therapy session may last one to two hours. Qualified staff members will monitor you throughout your treatment. After therapy you may feel lightheaded; this typically goes away within a few minutes.

To learn more about HBO therapy, call 419-998-4410.

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