Comprehensive Wound Care began offering Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy in 2010. We offer the only multi-place (multiple seating) hyperbaric chamber in eastern NC. In 2011 we became the only accredited program by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society in eastern NC. Our chamber is staffed by certified personnel and has the capacity to perform two to three dives per day for up to five patients per dive.
What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment in which a patient breathes 100% oxygen intermittently while inside a treatment chamber at a pressure 2-2.5 times higher than sea level. The combination of high oxygen concentration and increased pressure dissolved oxygen in the blood and tissue fluids resulting in increased oxygen carrying capacity beyond the red blood cell.
How will HBOT help?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy promotes healing and new blood vessel growth, and enhances the body’s immune system to fight infection.
Who may qualify for HBOT?
Indications for HBO Therapy can include diagnosis of the following:
- Radiation necrosis (bone and soft tissue)
- Compromised grafts and flaps
- Diabetic and select wounds
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Air or gas embolism
- Decompression sickness
- Gas gangrene
- Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss
How long does treatment last?
HBOT has three phases:
- Compression (first 10 minutes): during these first minutes, the chamber will be noisy and you may feel warmer as the chamber fills with gases. This will subside once treatment pressure is achieved. As the pressure inside the chamber increases, you will feel fullness in your ears, like flying on an airplane.
- Treatment (1.5-2 hours): often referred to as the “dive”, ear pressure will feel normal and you will be able to watch TV and relax once prescribed pressure is obtained. Chamber temperature should be comfortable.
- Decompression (last 10 minutes): the chamber’s pressure is decreasing. Your ears readjust to normal pressure naturally. Chamber temperature may feel cooler.
How is therapy scheduled?
Once your physician has recommended HBOT your treatment plan will be created based on your specific condition. HBOT is not a substitute for existing treatment but is an adjunctive therapy. Most treatments are scheduled daily for two hours, Monday through Friday. While the number of treatments vary based on patient condition and response to therapy, the average range is from 20-40. It is extremely important not to miss any treatments since the treatments have an additive effect. Prior to beginning treatment, a staff member will review patient instructions and answer any questions.
Does HBOT have side effects?
The treatment is not painful and has few side effects, which may include ear pressure, sinus pain, and tooth pain. Side effects will be discussed in more detail with you by a staff member. Most patients may feel tired after treatment and should avoid excess exercise and alcohol after treatment.