Peninsula Regional Medical Center - Part of Peninusula Regional Health System

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment?

HBOT is a treatment where the patient breathes 100% pure oxygen while resting comfortably in a pressurized chamber. The benefit comes from increased concentrations of oxygen in the bloodstream. This oxygen-rich environment assists in the wound healing process while having the added benefit of fighting some infections. Additionally, HBOT can stimulate circulation and promote the growth of new blood vessels. Daily treatment profiles are maintained and the number of treatments that you receive depends upon your diagnosis and response to treatment.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment is used to treat the following conditions at PWHC:

  • Refractory osteomyelitis
  • Delayed radiation injury
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremity
  • HBOT may provide benefits to the healing of other selected problem wounds

Preparing for HBO

During your HBO treatments, you are urged to quit smoking.  Smoking reduces the effectiveness of the HBO treatments because it causes your blood vessels to shrink. This limits the amount of blood your body can get to your wound.

Unless advised by your physician, you should continue to take your medication as prescribed.  If you have any questions, you may always ask any of our team members.

You may continue to eat and snack as normal.

If you feel ill
If you feel ill or funny at any time let your clinician know immediately.  The HBO physician will make a determination if you should come in for treatment or not.