Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment sometimes used to treat chronic wounds and takes place in a transparent acrylic chamber. The chamber contains 100 percent oxygen at a pressure greater than atmospheric pressure (sea level). HBOT increases the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to wound tissue, and enhances white blood cell activity. The treatment also accelerates the formation of blood vessels at the wound site.
HBOT is used to treat more than a dozen medical conditions including diabetic foot ulcers, radiation injuries to tissue and bone, necrotizing infections, compromised skin grafts and skin flaps, some types of arterial insufficiency and ischemia.
Creedon Advanced Wound Care Hyperbaric Department adheres to UHMS and/or CMS indications for HBOT.
Treatment Duration and Experience
- Your safety and comfort are our priority.
- A Hyperbaric Physician provides onsite supervision of all treatments.
- Our department maintains rigorous cleaning protocols and Covid-19 mitigation strategies.
- Each treatment will last approximately two hours.
- The number of treatments will be determined by the physician. Most patients receive between 30 and 40 sessions.
- HBOT is not painful. At the beginning of the treatment, a patient may feel pressure in their ears similar to flying in a plane.
- While in the chamber, patients are able to communicate with our staff, and have the option to watch movies or nap to help pass the time.
Conditions Treated with HBO Therapy
- Diabetic ulcers of the lower extremities
- Soft tissue radionecrosis and osteoradionecrosis
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
Items Not Allowed in Chamber
Patients are advised to not wear the following items during treatment. The Center will provide the appropriate clothing to wear during the dive.
- Wigs/hair pieces
- Nail polish that has been on less than 24 hours
- Contact lenses
- Deodorants, lotions, perfume, aftershave
- Hair spray/oils
- Loose dentures, gum, candy
- Many health care plans include hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Check with your insurance provider to see what’s covered. Bring your insurance card or membership information to your appointment.
- For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (510) 535-7434. For referrals, fax (510) 748-0946.