Wound Healing Center

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is administered through an oxygen chamber, allowing patients to breathe 100% oxygen at an increased atmospheric pressure. It is a painless, proven way to help the body heal. Patients lie in the chamber in sessions, or dives, that last 90 minutes to two hours. This process increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood, allowing red blood cells to pass more easily through the plasma and into the wounds to heal them from the inside out.

Introduced in the mid-1960s, HBO chambers have evolved to treat patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and wounds that haven't healed within 30 days.

Weighing more than one ton each, the HBO chambers resemble a reclining bed encased in a clear acrylic shell nearly a yard in diameter. Patients can listen to music or watch movies on televisions and VCR/DVD players mounted above the chamber while remaining in constant contact with those outside the chamber through an intercom and private handset. The only physical sensation resulting from the treatment is a slight pressure on the eardrum (such as that felt when a plane lands), resulting from the compressed air in the chamber.