Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) helps the body’s oxygen-dependent, wound-healing mechanisms function more efficiently. While enclosed in a chamber at greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure, patients breathe pure oxygen, saturating their blood plasma and allowing it to carry from 15 to 20 times the normal amount of healing oxygen to the body’s tissues. Your blood carries the extra oxygen to your injured area. Up to 18 percent of wound care patients may require HBOT treatments, provided by Valir Wound Care physician. Dr. Hursh who is specialty-trained in hyperbaric medicine, and our highly trained clinical hyperbaric technicians and staff.
How do I find out if HBOT is for me?
If you have a wound that hasn’t healed in four weeks, ask your doctor. Your doctor will evaluate your wound and decide if HBOT is for you.
How many treatments will I need?
Treatment is different for each patient. It depends on the patient’s condition and response to therapy. Most patients receive between 30 and 40 treatments.
How long does a treatment last?
Treatment will last about 2 hours. You will receive one treatment a day. Your doctor will tell you if you need more than one treatment per day. During treatment, you can watch TV or a movie on a personal screen attached to the exterior of the chamber.
What should I expect before treatment?
The HBO technician will take your vital signs and listen to your lungs. The inside of your ears will be examined. You will be asked about your pain. If you have diabetes, your blood sugar will be checked. Safety checks will be done before each treatment.
What should I wear?
We put safety first. We will provide you with clothing to wear during your treatment. Please do not wear any of the folloiwng items when you come to the center for HBOT:
- Make up
- Wigs or hair pieces
- Nail polish that has been on less than 24 hours. You can paint your nails at least 24 hours before an HBOT treatment.
- Loose fitting dentures
- Contact lenses
- Skin lotions
- Perfume, cologne or aftershave<?li>
- Jewelry, including watches and earrings
- Hair spray or oils
- You cannot have anything in your mouth such as: gum, loose dentures, or candy during treatment
Let the staff know if you feel ill or if you are congested.
Is HBOT painful?
HBOT is not painful. At the beginning of your treatment you may feel pressure in your ears. Like when you fly in a plane or drive up into the mountains. You may have to clear your ears. The Wound Care staff will instruct you on methods for clearing your ears:
- Open and close your mouth
What should I tell my doctor before I begin HBOT?
Tell your doctor if you have:
- An internal battery operated medical device such as a pacemaker or pain pump. The staff will make sure your device can be used in the chamber.
- If you have an external battery operated medical device, it cannot go into the chamber. Dr. Hursh will contact your doctor for instructions on how to deal with this device.
- Inform Dr. Hursh if you have ever had chemotherapy.
What if I have diabetes?
Your doctor will discuss blood sugar control with you. The HBO technician will check your blood sugar before and after treatment. Take your medicine as prescribed and eat before HBOT.
What if you feel claustrophobic?
When you are in the chamber, you can see out in all directions. If you are anxious, the doctor can prescribe medicine to help you relax.
Is HBOT covered by my insurance?
Medicare has approved coverage for HBOT for many types of chronic nonhealing wounds. Most private insurance companies follow medicare rules. We will review your insurance plan with you before your therapy starts to make sure you know what your costs will be.
Can someone stay with me during HBOT?
To protect the privacy of our patients, family members may not remain with you during your treatment. A waiting room is provided for their comfort. A trained staff member is always in the room during treatment and you can communicate with them at any time.