What does it feel like?
What can I do to pass the time during treatment?
Patients spend the two-hour treatment comfortably resting inside the hyperbaric chamber. Pressure is gradually increased and the temperature will temporarily rise. When the desired pressure is achieved, the temperature will be adjusted to your comfort. You may experience fullness in your ears as a result of the increased pressure. The technician will instruct you in ways to help reduce the pressure and relieve any discomfort.
If I am sick, should I still have my hyperbaric treatment?
You may relax, sleep, watch TV or listen to music. For safety reasons books or other reading materials are not permitted inside the chamber.
Are there special instructions if I have diabetes?
Please come for your scheduled appointment but let the staff know if you have a cough or cold, the flu, a sore throat, chills, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. Also be sure to let the staff know of any changes in medications you are taking.
Will there be any side-effects of the hyperbaric therapy?
If you have diabetes, be sure to eat properly and continue your prescribed medications during your course of hyperbaric treatment unless directed by your physician. Your blood sugar will be checked during each visit to the wound center.
How long should I plan to be at the wound center for treatment?
You may experience temporary vision changes that should subside a few weeks after your therapy is complete. You may also experience fatigue. Both are normal side-effects.
Please allow up to two and a half hours for each visit.
Do you accept insurance?
Any treatment must be approved by your insurance carrier. Precertification requirements vary but we will work closely with your primary care physician and their staff to insure coverage. Copay and deductible amounts can also vary.