What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
|Patients breathe 100% pure oxygen in a pressurized environment, promoting healing by increasing oxygen delivery to injured tissue|
How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?
Oxygen, when delivered to a patient in a hyperbaric chamber, greatly increases the amount of oxygen that can be delivered to body tissues by the blood. All of the benefits provided by hyperbaric oxygen therapy are the result of this extra oxygen being carried within the bloodstream. There is really no benefit from the oxygen within the chamber in direct contact with wounds. This is the reason that your dressings are usually left in place during the treatment. Depending upon the reason for your referral to the Hyperbaric Oxygen Service, hyperbaric oxygen will be used to provide you with one or more of the following effects:
The above effects may occur with only one or two treatments. However, it may be necessary to undergo as many as 40-50 treatments for maximum benefit. Your planned treatment course will be discussed with you in detail prior to starting therapy.
What Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Feel Like?
|Communication between patients and nurses is easy via the built-in intercom system|
Are There Any Side-Effects?
Generally, patients experience no aftereffects from hyperbaric oxygen therapy. However, some patients report a "crackling" in their ears between treatments. You can relieve this in the same way you cleared your ears during changes in pressure while in the chamber. If the crackling should continue, please report this to the staff. Some patients report feeling lightheaded for a few minutes following a treatment, but this is brief and the patients are able to continue with their normal daily activities. RARELY patients having hyperbaric oxygen therapy develop TEMPORARY changes in eyesight. Studies have shown in these rare cases that any altered vision is of short duration and will return to its pre-treatment status within six to eight weeks after the cessation of treatment. Like all medical treatments and procedures, some risks are associated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. These risks are quite rare and they will be discussed with you before you sign your consent form for therapy.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
|Once inside the hyperbaric chamber, patients may listen to music, watch television or simply relax comfortably and take a nap|