Hyperbaric oxygen treatments are normally painless.
You simply lie comfortably and restfully in the chamber. You can listen to music, watch TV or nap if you wish and feel no differently than if you were in your own bed.
You may experience a sensation of fullness in your ears during certain stages of the treatment. This is similar to what is felt while flying or driving down a mountain as the eardrum responds to changes in pressure. As part of your introduction to the treatment, you will be taught several easy methods to avoid ear discomfort.
Generally, patients experience no after-effects from hyperbaric oxygen therapy. However, some patients report a "crackling" in their ears between treatments. You can relieve this in the same way you cleared your ears during changes in pressure while in the chamber.
Rarely, patients having hyperbaric oxygen therapy develop temporary changes in eyesight. Studies have shown in these rare cases that any altered vision is of short duration and will return to its pretreatment status within six to eight weeks after the cessation of treatment.
There are preparations before starting each treatment. These will be discussed with you in detail by the Wound Center team. This is a brief look:
In addition, dentures and partial plates will be removed and it may be necessary to remove contact lenses and glasses. Lockers will be provided for you.
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