During hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), the patient sits in is a clear, pressurized, total-body chamber. By having a patient breathe in pure oxygen inside of a pressurized chamber, they can receive high concentrations of oxygen, which increase the body's natural wound-healing capabilities.
The number of treatments needed will depend on your condition and reason for receiving therapy. Most patients receive 40-50 treatments - treatments are 110 minutes long - but the hyperbaric physician will be able to tell you how many treatments you will need.
During treatment, the pressure will increase in the chamber, and you may start to feel warm. The rate of oxygen flow can be increased if it becomes too warm. You also will hear a hissing noise, which is the oxygen coming into the chamber. As the pressure changes, you may feel a pressure in your ears.
It is possible that the patient can experience mild side effects from the treatment, including temporary vision changes and earache. Patient safety is our highest priority, and we take every possible precaution to help prevent any risks.