WHAT WILL I FEEL
During the hyperbaric treatment, the hyperbaric chamber pressurizes with little noticeable change other than a “popping” or fullness in the ears. This is a temporary sensation that results from pressure changes inside the ears. You will be instructed on techniques to “clear your ears.” Swallowing water, chewing gum and simply yawning all can help equalize ear pressure. Occasionally, decongestants may be recommended if approved by your Primary Physician.
During the hyperbaric treatment course (20 or more hyperbaric treatments), temporary visual changes may occur. Patients who wear corrective lenses may notice a subtle improvement or worsening in their vision. This is due to the effect of hyperbaric oxygen on the curvature of the eye’s lens. Vision will return to pretreatment levels after completion of hyperbaric treatments. Changing eyeglass prescriptions will not be necessary.
Pre-existing cataracts of the eye may rarely become more opaque during hyperbaric treatments. If you have been diagnosed with cataracts this possibility should be discussed with your Primary Physician and Ophthalmologist.
Most patients tolerate hyperbaric therapy quite well. After each hyperbaric treatment, you should feel no difference in your general physical condition.
Photographs may be taken of your wounds before starting hyperbaric treatment. These photos help document improvement in your clinical condition and remain a confidential part of your medical record.
Because of the increased oxygen concentration and increased atmospheric pressure, certain safety measures are needed. You will be reminded before each hyperbaric treatment not to bring any matches, lighters, hearing aids, watches, and electronic devices with you into the hyperbaric chamber.
It is recommended that patients stop smoking for the duration of their hyperbaric treatment course. Smoking greatly reduces the effectiveness of Hyperbaric Oxygen treatments.