A specialized Wound Therapy in which the patient breathes 100% pure oxygen while inside a pressurized chamber. The air pressure inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber is about two and a half times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere. This high pressure dose of oxygen helps blood carry more oxygen to the organs and connective tissues to promote wound healing. It also activates the white blood cells to fight infection.
HBO can be a primary treatment or it can be used in combination with other treatments. HBO therapy is an outpatient procedure that is performed once daily for approximately four to six weeks. One treatment takes about two hours.