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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy was originally used to treat decompression sickness in scuba divers. This type of treatment involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room under the observation of experienced nurses and skilled technologists. 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.

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 (Acute Arterial or Gas Related)
  • Skin or bone infections at risk of tissue death
  • Radiation injuries
  • Skin grafts or skin flaps at risk of tissue death

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: 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 HBO 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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