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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Leaders in HBOT

The Advanced Wound Center at LewisGale Medical Center was among the first in Southwest Virginia to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), one of the most advanced treatment options available for healing wounds. This treatment involves breathing pure oxygen in a sealed environment that’s been pressurized to help push oxygen into the blood plasma. HBOT stimulates the growth of blood vessels in damaged tissues and is effective in fighting some types of infection.

Conditions That Benefit from HBOT

HBOT uses the body’s natural healing processes to help treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Certain wounds that are healing slowly or not at all in a person with diabetes
  • Tissue damaged from radiation therapy
  • A skin graft with inadequate blood supply
  • Certain types of infections of the bone and/or skin

HBOT is also effective in treating people with carbon monoxide poisoning or decompression sickness.

What to Expect from HBOT

The Advanced Wound Center staff will provide instructions and answer your questions before your first treatment. You’ll need to inform the staff about any medications you are taking. Family members or other caregivers are encouraged to participate in the patient’s initial orientation session.

Unless you have another medical condition, HBOT is an outpatient treatment that usually lasts about two hours. The number of treatments will depend on your diagnosis and care plan.

Most people experience no pain or discomfort during or after treatment. You may feel fullness in your ears similar to what you experience during an airplane flight. Your doctor will discuss other possible side effects of HBOT.

A comfortable cotton garment will be provided for you to wear during treatment, and you will be asked to remove jewelry, glasses, contact lenses, hearing aids and prostheses.

If you have cold or flu symptoms, it may be necessary to postpone your treatment.

You’ll need to be evaluated by one of our doctors in the Advanced Wound Center prior to being scheduled for HBOT.

For More Information

View a short video to learn about HBOT from one of our wound healing physicians.