Preparing for Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

What to Expect During Your HBO Treatment

We’ll create a treatment plan specifically for you based on your diagnosis. Many conditions require 20-40 treatments or more. In general, a treatment lasts 60 or 90 minutes, and you will receive one or two treatments per day, five days a week. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is cumulative, so the treatments build up to the desired effect.

During treatment, you’ll typically feel a change of pressure in your ears, similar to the descent of an airplane or driving over a mountain. You may also feel temperature changes—warm while going to pressure, comfortable when at pressure and chilly when coming up from pressure. You will be given blankets for your treatment.

The chamber has music, radio, video, and television sound piped in. You may bring your own music or DVD’s, but for safety reasons, you may not bring your own electronic devices or reading material into the chamber.

You may wear only clean, all-cotton clothing in the chamber. Hospital-type gowns are available. You will be asked not to use alcohol-based products before treatment and to remove all jewelry, makeup, oils, and creams.

Exclusions for HBO Treatment

Most people can have hyperbaric oxygenation (HBO) therapy. We can talk with you or your doctor about your condition and how it may be affected. In a few cases patients cannot have HBO therapy, including those who:

  • Take certain medications or some chemotherapies
  • Have poor heart function
  • Have decreased  lung capacity (as with emphysema)

There is no age limit for treatment. Young children and the elderly can safely receive HBO therapy, unless physical conditions exclude them.

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