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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

In some cases, a specialized treatment for wounds using hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) will be recommended. Your body’s tissues need an adequate supply of oxygen to function. When tissue is injured, it requires even more oxygen to survive. The treatment is administered in a comfortable pressure chamber that circulates 100 percent oxygen at two to three times atmospheric pressure.


Medical conditions that can be treated with HBOT include:

  • Radiation injuries (cancer treatment wounds)

  • Diabetic sounds of the lower extremities
  • Infections
  • Skin or bone infections that cause tissue death
  • A crushing injury
  • Skin grafts and flaps
  • Chronic ischemic wounds

What are the benefits of HBOT?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen in your blood that is circulated to body tissues. The most common benefits of HBOT include:

  • Wound healing

  • Preservation of damaged tissues

  • Infection control

  • Increased blood vessel formation

Your physician can explain the specific benefits you can gain from HBOT.

What should I expect during treatment?

During therapy you will relax in a see-through atmosphere-controlled chamber, which is roomy enough for you to move around. You may listen to music, watch TV, nap or talk with the staff.

Is “high pressure” oxygen therapy safe?

Yes. You will be closely monitored by the hyperbaric medicine team, which will work with your physician to ensure your HBOT is administered safely and effectively. Your hyperbaric medical team physician will discuss any possible side effects with you directly.

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy painful?

No. During certain parts of the treatment, you may feel pressure in your ears similar to when you are flying in an airplane or diving in deeper water.

Who is responsible for my care?

Your doctor will be responsible for your general medical care and will work closely with the hyperbaric oxygen therapy team of specialists. This team includes a physician specialist and nurses who are
experienced in HBOT administration.

What should I expect during treatment?

You will relax in a see-through, atmosphere-controlled chamber. The internal dimensions of the chamber allow freedom of movement. You may listen to music, watch TV, take a nap or converse with the staff during therapy. Relaxation techniques are also available.

How long is each treatment and how many will I need?

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments typically last 90 minutes and are administered once daily, five days a week. All diagnoses require a minimum of 30 treatments unless, upon evaluation by your team before the 30th treatment, your wound has healed or the treatment is not effective. Some patient’s treatments may be extended, depending on your response to the treatment.


Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy reimbursable by my insurance?

In most cases, yes. This includes Medicare and most other third-party payors for certain accepted conditions. Pre-authorization is generally required before treatment can begin.



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Lancaster General Health received full accreditation in 2017 from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), a premier accrediting body for hyperbaric medical facilities worldwide. UHMS accreditation recognizes superior care and assures referring physicians that our program is held to a higher standard.


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