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Here at the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, we are pleased to let you know that as part of your treatment you may be a candidate to receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).
The following information is about HBOT and the important guidelines which must be followed carefully. This course of treatment can be highly beneficial, but the patient must be committed to success and knowledgeable about the process. We encourage you to provide our staff with any questions you might have.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Simple And Effective
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment in which the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber for approximately two hours. The therapy quickly delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the bloodstream, accelerating the healing rate of wounds and is effective in fighting certain types of infections. It also stimulates the growth of new blood vessels, improving circulation, and helping to prevent future problems.
When You Arrive At The Center
After an initial consultation and examination at the Center, you will be ready to begin your therapy. When you arrive, you will receive complete instructions regarding your treatment. Before starting, you will change into a garment provided by the Center.
What To Expect During Treatment
Once you are comfortably positioned inside the chamber, the pressure will gradually increase and temperature will gently warm. You may experience fullness in your ears as a result of the increased pressure. The technician will instruct you in ways to help clear the pressure and relieve any discomfort. Most treatment sessions in the chamber last approximately two hours. While undergoing treatment, you may watch TV or DVDs, simply relax, or even sleep. The technical is in constant attendance and communication with you via an intercom system.
Getting Ready For Your Visit
For safety reasons there are certain items not allowed inside the hyperbaric chamber. Please do no wear or bring the following into the chamber during your treatment:
- Hairspray/hair oils
- Nail polish
- Alcohol or petroleum based products
- Metallic items (such as jewelry, watches, and coins)
- Flammable materials
- Hearing aids
- Cell phones
- Paper, Magazines, Books, or Newspaper
**Ask your hyperbaric physician for advice on wearing contact lenses during treatment. You should also refrain from smoking or the use of any tobacco products over the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site due to its effect on the blood vessels in your body.
If You Are Sick Or On Medication
You should inform the staff and the Center if you have a cold or cough, the flu, sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Alert the staff to any medications you are taking, or changes in medication during the course of your treatment. If you are diabetic, please eat properly and continue to take your prescribed medication to control blood sugar level. Your blood sugar level will also be checked during each visit to the Center.
The Possibility of Side Effects
You may experience temporary vision changes that should return to normal a few weeks after your therapy is completed. Our physicians recommend that you not change the prescription of your eyewear during the course of your therapy. Some patients experience fatigue during treatment. This is completely normal.
Other Important Information
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is usually administered on an outpatient basis. If you drive, you may drive yourself to the Center for therapy, and should allow up to two and one half hours for each visit. Medicare and most health care plans reimburse for hyperbaric oxygen therapy for "currently accepted indications." Our courteous and professional staff is available to assist you with all of your personal insurance issues.
We look forward to serving you. Please contact a member of our staff with any other questions you may have regarding your therapy at 954-776-8920.