Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Pressurized oxygen for wound healing and other conditions

Promoting Healing with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a treatment that involves breathing pure oxygen at air pressure levels that are higher than normal. The treatment takes place in a specialized chamber that allows your lungs to take in more oxygen than usual. As you absorb the oxygen, it speeds up your body’s natural healing process.

This state-of-the-art treatment is available to you in Newburyport at Anna Jaques Hospital. Our wound care team uses hyperbaric medicine to treat certain wounds that have proven hard to heal. But hyperbaric treatments may also help with other chronic conditions. We use them to treat conditions that come on more suddenly, as well.

We carefully evaluate your condition to determine if HBOT is right for you. If it is, we tailor the dosage of your oxygen therapy, the pressure level and the number of treatments you receive to your unique needs.

Conditions We Treat

Medicare, The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine have identified many conditions that oxygen therapy can treat. Some of the conditions include:

Emergent Conditions

Emergent, or acute conditions, come on suddenly and may be severe.

  • Crush injury
  • Gangrene (tissue death due to lack of blood flow)
  • Necrotizing soft tissue (tissue death related to infection)
Chronic Conditions

Chronic conditions are persistent. They require ongoing medical care.

  • Diabetic ulcers of the lower extremity with infection
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Radiation necrosis (permanent tissue damage caused by radiation therapy)
  • Refractory osteomyelitis (bone infection that is ongoing or returns after treatment)
  • Skin grafts or flaps that are lacking proper blood flow and oxygen
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the hyperbaric chamber like?

Hyperbaric chambers may consist of a room with a one-person chamber where you sit in a comfortable recliner or a specialized space in which you lie completely flat. During treatment, you can choose to listen to music, watch movies or simply take a nap. Our team is specially trained in HBOT and will monitor you closely. They can communicate with you during your entire treatment.

Is HBOT painful?

HBOT treatments are painless. You may experience a slight change of pressure in your ears. However, we teach you how to avoid that.

How long does treatment take?

Each treatment may take more than an hour. We determine how many treatments you need based on your condition. We work with you to try to schedule appointments based on your availability.

Is HBOT covered by insurance?

In most cases, HBOT is covered by insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.

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Services & Specialties

We work with specialists across Anna Jaques Hospital to provide the care you need.

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