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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy 

The Door to Our New Hyperbaric Chamber is Now Open 

One of the newest forms of medicine today, Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) causes a 10-to 15-fold increase in plasma oxygen concentration, resulting in increased tissue oxygenation and faster healing.

The Hyperbaric Chamber

Baylor Carrollton has two self-contained hyperbaric chambers, able to house one patient comfortably during a hyperbaric treatment. Each session lasts approximately one hour and 40 minutes. While in the chamber patients can read, watch television or a video, or take a nap. Patients can also have snacks, juice or medication, which is sent to them through the "pass through" lock. Should a patient need to leave the chamber prior to completing their treatment, an attached "entry lock" serves as a safe and quick exit and entry. A hyperbaric technician is in constant visual and audio contact with the patient during every session.

Diagnosis

Medicare has approved the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the following diagnoses:

  • Air and gas embolism
  • Crush injuries and compartment syndrome
  • Decompression sickness
  • Gas gangrene
  • Intracranial abscess
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Osteoradionecrosis (radiation tissue damage)
  • Selected problem wounds
  • Thermal burns
  • Compromised skin grafts and flags

Treatment & Side Effects

HBO is a painless, non-invasive form of treatment. Depending on the patient's condition, there may only be a few treatments. Chronic wounds and certain infections may require 20-40 treatments.

Most patients will not experience any side effects other than a sensation of fullness in their ears. Although HBO treatment is safe and effective for most patients, some pre-existing conditions or concurrent therapies can present contradictions.