• Preparing for Therapy

  • After an initial consultation and examination at the center, you will receive complete instructions regarding your treatment.  In the case of prescribed hyperbaric medicine: for safety reasons there are certain items not allowed inside the chambers.

    Please do not wear or bring the following into the chamber during your treatment:

    • Make-up, nail polish, perfume, aftershave
    • Flammable materials
    • Wigs/hairpieces, hairspray and hair oils
    • Hearing aids
    • Alcohol or petroleum based products
    • Metallic items (such as jewelry, watches, and coins)
    • Ask your hyperbaric chamber technician about contact lens use

    You should also refrain from smoking or the use of any tobacco products during the entire course of therapy. Tobacco use will prolong or even prevent healing of a wound site due to its effect on the blood vessels in your body. Before starting your treatment session, you will change into a 100% cotton garment provided by the Center. For safety reasons, no other clothing may be worn inside the chamber.

  • What to expect during hyperbaric medicine treatment:

  • Once you are comfortably positioned inside the chamber, the pressure will gradually increase 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 clear the pressure and relieve any discomfort. Most treatment sessions in the chamber last approximately one-and-a-half hours. When the treatment is completed, the chamber is restored to normal pressure and the interior of the chamber will become cooler.

    Once a treatment plan has been initiated, you will visit the Center on a regular basis for specialized treatments and documentation of the progress of your healing. You will also be fully instructed on how to do your own wound care at home between visits, as well as how to protect your wound from further injury.  It is very important to remember that you are the most important part of your healing process.  Keeping appointments and following directions are critical to attaining a positive healing outcome. The Center employs the most technologically advanced wound care therapy, including debridement, topical wound therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, growth-factor therapy, tissue therapy, advanced dressing selection, special shoes, and patient education.  When wounds persist, a specialized and comprehensive approach is required for healing. What to expect during hyperbaric medicine treatment

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