Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
What is HBO?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is a medical treatment that delivers high levels of oxygen to your body tissues, by your blood. At Halifax Health – Center for Advanced Wound Healing we use an HBO Chamber for this treatment that is pressurized as prescribed by your physician. Patients breathe 100% oxygen while lying in the comfortable hyperbaric chamber.
What is HBO Therapy used for?
- Advanced would healing
- Increased oxygen delivery to injured tissues
- Improved infection control
- Preservation of damaged tissues
- Elimination and reduced effects of toxic substances
- Reduction or elimination of gas bubble obstructions
What can I expect during treatment?
The benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy result from an oxygen-enriched bloodstream and not from the oxygen’s direct contact with your skin. This is why wound care dressings are left in place during treatment. Generally, you will feel no different than you would if you were lying in your own bed. You can listen to music, watch TV or even nap during therapy. You may experience fullness in your ears during treatment, which is due to the pressure change in the chamber. This is similar to what you feel flying in an airplane. You will be taught several easy ways to ease ear discomfort such as yawning, swallowing or rotating your head.
You will also be provided with 100% cotton garmets to wear during therapy. Personal items are not permitted in the hyperbaric chamber. Please consult with your physician if you have any questions or concerns.
What can I expect after my treatment?
HBO usually has little to no effects. Some patients report a crackling sound in their ears between treatments. This can be relieved by applying the ear clearing techniques described prior to your first visit. Patients may experience lightheadedness for several minutes following treatment, however this quickly passes. On rare occassions patients may develop changes in eyesight. This change in vision usually returns to normal six to eight weeks after treatment ends. If any of these sypmptons persist, plesae contact your physician. Naturally, like all medical treatments, HBO presents some risks, but these are quite rare and will be discussed with you before your consent to therapy.