Saint Alphonsus Health System

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of breathing oxygen under pressure?

Breathing 100 percent oxygen causes a 10-15 fold increase in oxygen dissolved blood plasma, which is then delivered to those areas that are having trouble healing due to lack of oxygen.

This treatment can promote the growth of new blood vessels, salvage and resuscitate damaged or diseased tissue, accelerate wound healing, promote collagen synthesis and reduce swelling and inflammation. Increased oxygenation of tissue also enhances antibiotic transportation across cell walls.

Will I feel anything during treatment and are there side effects?

The only sensation you will experience is during the beginning (compression) phase of treatment. The slowly increasing pressure will push on your eardrum. This is exactly the same feeling you would experience when landing in an airplane or diving to the bottom of a swimming pool. Our staff will instruct you on the different methods of relieving this ear pressure.

HBOT is a noninvasive procedure. Side effects vary depending on pre-existing conditions. Your hyperbaric physician will talk to you about your situation before treatment begins.

How long does a treatment last?

An average treatment lasts approximately two hours. Typically, 30 treatments are given within a one- to five-month period. Most people do not experience claustrophobia while inside the chamber.

You will be able to see out in all directions and there is always an attendant in the room during your treatment.