What to Expect During Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment
During hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment sessions, you’ll lie comfortably inside the hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) chamber. Because the HBO chamber is clear acrylic, you can see the therapist or nurse throughout the treatment and communicate through the chamber’s intercom. During therapy, you can relax, nap, or watch the provided television.
After the door to the chamber is closed, the oxygen begins to circulate. The chamber’s pressure, prescribed by an HBO physician, is gradually increased over a short period. During this compression period, you may experience fullness in your ears, similar to when you fly in an airplane. The hyperbaric medicine staff offer ways to ease this sensation, but it often goes away once the desired pressure is reached.
How long does a therapy session last? Each treatment lasts 120 to 154 minutes, depending on your condition. Some emergent conditions may require longer treatment sessions.
How many HBO sessions will you need? The number of sessions also varies, depending on how your body responds to the treatment. HBO therapy may require treatment over a few day period or extend over several months. Your hyperbaric physician will evaluate your progress at regular intervals.
Who administers the therapy? Our HBO staff includes respiratory therapists and registered nurses who are trained specifically in hyperbaric medicine. Our medical staff includes physicians who practice in a variety of specialties, including: anesthesiology, emergency medicine, internal medicine, peripheral vascular medicine, adult and pediatric pulmonology, trauma, infectious disease, podiatry, and orthopaedics.
After you’re referred to the department, you'll be evaluated by an HBO physician. An individualized treatment plan is then developed.