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Frequently Asked Questions

What does hyperbaric oxygen therapy feel like?hyperbaric chamber

What can I do to pass the time during treatment?

If I am sick, should I still have my hyperbaric treatment?

Are there special instructions if I have diabetes?

Will there be any side-effects of the hyperbaric therapy?

How long should I plan to be at the wound center for treatment?

May I drive myself to my treatments?

What does it feel like?

Patients spend the two-hour treatment comfortably resting inside the hyperbaric chamber. Pressure is gradually increased and the temperature will temporarily rise. When the desired pressure is achieved, the temperature will be adjusted to your comfort. You may experience fullness in your ears as a result of the increased pressure. The technician will instruct you in ways to help reduce the pressure and relieve any discomfort.

What can I do to pass the time during treatment?

You may relax, sleep, watch videos or listen to music. For safety reasons, books or other reading materials are not permitted inside the chamber.

If I am sick, should I still have my hyperbaric treatment?

Please come for your scheduled appointment but let the staff know if you have a cough or cold, the flu, a sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Also be sure to let the staff know of any changes in medications you are taking.

Are there special instructions if I have diabetes?

If you have diabetes, be sure to eat properly and continue your prescribed medications (including insulin) during your course of hyperbaric treatment. Your blood sugar will be checked during each visit to the wound center.

Will there be any side-effects of the hyperbaric therapy?

You may experience temporary vision changes that should subside a few weeks after your therapy is complete. You may also experience fatigue. Both are normal side-effects.

How long should I plan to be at the wound center for treatment?

Please allow up to two and a half hours for each visit.

May I drive myself to my treatments?

Yes.

    

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