Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is one of the therapies that we offer at Long Island Community Hospital.
While not every patient is an appropriate candidate for hyperbaric medicine, for those who qualify, it offers a hope for recovery that, beforehand, was not possible.
Hyperbaric treatment is a safe and evidence-based proven way to speed the healing process in certain types of wounds. During the treatments, you breathe 100% oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, quickly increasing the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream, where it is delivered to a patient’s wound site for faster healing.
Our conveniently located Center uses hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat a variety of conditions including:
- Diabetic ulcer of the lower extremities.
- Acute arterial insufficiency.
- Gas gangrene.
- Crush injury/acute traumatic peripheral ischemia.
- Progressive necrotizing soft tissue infections (necrotizing fasciitis).
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis.
- Soft tissue radionecrosis and osteoradionecrosis.
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps.
- Brown recluse spider bites.
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy work?
- During the treatments, the patient breathes 100% oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. Your blood carries the extra oxygen to your injured area.
- Essentially, hyperbaric therapy helps heal the wound from the inside out. This therapy can help reduce swelling, fight infection and build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue.
- It is also effective in fighting certain types of infections, improving circulation, in stimulating growth of new blood vessels and in treating crush injuries, osteomyelitis, compromised skin grafts and flaps, brown recluse spider bites and diabetic wounds of the lower extremities.
What to Expect
- The hyperbaric therapy technician will take your vital signs and listen to your lungs. The inside of your ears will be examined. If you have diabetes, your blood sugar will be checked. Safety checks will be done before each treatment.
- The treatment is not painful. At the beginning, you may feel pressure in your ears. Like when you fly in a plane of drive up into the mountains. You may have to clear your ears. The HBOT staff will instruct on methods for clearing your ears: swallow, yawn or open and close your mouth.
- Once at treatment depth, you will remain there for a prescribed amount of time (usually 90 minutes). The chambers are constructed of acrylic, allowing a clear view inside and outside of the chamber.
- Treatment is every day Monday through Friday. The number of physician-prescribed treatments depends on the patient’s condition and response to therapy. Most patients receive between 30 and 40 treatments.