How is hyperbaric oxygen therapy done?

Before receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy, ask your doctor about continuing to use skin care products and medications. You’ll leave metal objects and electronics outside the hyperbaric chamber. These objects could create sparks, which could cause a fire in the high-oxygen environment.

During the procedure, you sit or lie in a special chamber. Some hyperbaric chambers are only designed for one person. You’ll lie on a table that slides into the hyperbaric chamber, where you’ll continue lying while receiving treatment.

Your healthcare facility may have a hyperbaric chamber designed for use by multiple people at once. If this is the case, you will receive your oxygen treatment through a specialized mask. In some facilities, you’ll wear a lightweight, see-through oxygen hood.

With each type of chamber, you breathe as usual. Medical staff monitors your condition throughout your treatment session. Sessions usually last between 1 and 2 hours. You’ll repeat treatment daily or weekly for up to 30 sessions. You’ll continue other medical treatment recommended by your doctor, such as visiting a wound clinic for wound care.

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