Hyperbaric oxygen chambers work by surrounding the patient with 100% oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure in sessions, or dives, that last 90 minutes to two hours. This increases the amount of oxygen in the patient's blood allowing red blood cells to pass more easily through the plasma into the wounds to heal them from the inside out.
Introduced in the mid-1960s, HBO chambers treat patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, soft tissue radiation injuries, wound infections, compromised skin grafts, and flaps and wounds that haven't healed within 30 days.
Weighing more than one ton each, the HBO chambers resemble a reclining bed encased in a clear acrylic shell nearly a yard in diameter. Patients can listen to music or watch movies on televisions mounted above the chamber. They remain in constant contact with people outside the chamber through an intercom and private handset. The treatment is painless; patients may feel a slight pressure on the eardrum, similar to that felt when a plane lands, as the air in the chamber is compressed.
HBO therapy has recently become a popular treatment option for chronic wounds and is showing great success. Call us today at our Greenville location at 252-847-HEAL or our Ahoskie location at 252-209-3690 to make an appointment today.