Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Damaged tissue needs oxygen to heal. In hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), you’ll breathe 100 percent oxygen in a pressurized chamber. This allows your lungs to gather more oxygen. That oxygen then enters your bloodstream, and helps your tissues and organs fight infection and heal more quickly.

Conditions that May Benefit from HBOT

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can provide healing treatment for a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen TherapyWounds, including diabetic ulcers, that have not responded to other treatment
  • Skin grafts and flaps
  • Radiation injuries to bones (osteoradionecrosis) or to skin, muscle or organs (soft tissue radionecrosis)
  • Crush injuries – Injuries resulting from force or pressure on a body part
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis – An infection in the bone or bone marrow
  • Gas gangrene – An infection of muscle tissue
  • Progressive necrotizing infections – Bacterial infections that cause skin, muscle, bone or other cells to die

What to Expect

During your initial consultation, you’ll talk with your care team members about how HBOT could benefit your condition and develop an individualized treatment plan. You may need a chest X-ray or an ENT consultation to ensure that HBOT is a safe treatment for you.

You’ll receive your HBOT treatments while sitting or reclining in glass-covered chamber. The treatments don’t hurt, but you may experience a feeling of fullness in your ears at the beginning and end of your treatment, similar to the sensation you feel in an airplane. Our technicians will encourage you to “pop” your ears to relieve any discomfort. You may watch TV or a DVD while you receive treatment. Each treatment lasts approximately two hours.

Request a Consultation

Learn how HBOT can help your wound or infection heal faster. Call UNC Medical Center’s Wound Healing and Limb Preservation Center at 919-843-1900 to schedule a consultation.

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