What to Expect During Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

What to Expect During Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is a well-established therapy designed to boost the oxygen levels throughout your body. It involves inhaling pure oxygen while you sit in a special pressurized chamber. 

It’s the go-to treatment for treating decompression sickness, but it also promotes healing in individuals with various medical conditions, including diabetic foot ulcers, infections, and wounds. 

If our board-certified podiatrists at Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Specialists have recommended hyperbaric oxygen treatment for you, it’s natural to feel a bit nervous or unsure of what to expect. 

Here, we explain hyperbaric oxygen treatment to help ease your fear of the unknown and make you more comfortable ahead of your appointment. 

Before your hyperbaric oxygen treatment appointment

Preparing for your hyperbaric oxygen treatment can help ensure that you have a safe and comfortable experience. Here are some things you can do to prepare for your hyperbaric oxygen treatment sessions:

We also provide you with detailed instructions before the treatment, including how to equalize your ears, which is necessary to prevent discomfort or injury during the pressure changes. 

Do you have questions about your upcoming appointment? Let us know. Our team is more than happy to answer them for you.

During your hyperbaric oxygen treatment 

During the treatment, you sit comfortably in a pressurized chamber while breathing pure oxygen through a mask or hood. The pressure in the chamber gradually increases to a level that’s higher than normal atmospheric pressure. This helps increase the amount of oxygen that can dissolve in your blood.

We monitor you closely throughout the treatment to ensure your safety and comfort, but it’s normal to feel a sensation of fullness in your ears, similar to the feeling you might experience during takeoff or landing in an airplane. 

Many of our patients find that chewing gum or yawning helps to combat these feelings. You may also feel warm or slightly claustrophobic, but these sensations typically subside quickly. 

The duration of hyperbaric oxygen treatment can vary depending on the individual and the condition being treated. We work with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. 

A typical treatment session lasts around 90 minutes, and most people require several sessions over a period of weeks or months to achieve optimal results.

After your hyperbaric oxygen treatment therapy

Afterward, you may feel slightly tired or lightheaded, but these sensations typically subside quickly. We also provide post-treatment instructions. These detailed aftercare instructions ensure optimal healing and recovery. 

Getting started with hyperbaric oxygen treatment

There are many reasons you may benefit from hyperbaric oxygen treatment. We regularly see patients benefit from hyperbaric oxygen treatment for diabetic ulcers, crash injuries, gangrene, infections, and more.

Call the location of your choice 一 Boca Raton, Tamarac, Coral Springs, Plantation, or Fort Lauderdale, Florida 一 or request an appointment online to learn more.

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