Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe and evidence-based treatment proven to speed the healing process in certain types of wounds. In fact, many patients find it relaxing! The clear chambers are equipped with televisions and comfortable bedding, so patients are free watch their favorite television shows or a movie, or even sleep. During the treatments, the patient breathes 100 percent 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. Essentially, HBOT therapy helps heal the wound from the inside out.

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What can I expect at the first appointment?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a safe and evidence based treatment proven to speed the healing process in certain types of wounds. In fact, many patients find it relaxing! The clear chambers are equipped with televisions and comfortable bedding, so patients are free to watch their favorite television show or a movie, or even sleep. A typical course of treatment involves the patient spending about 90 minutes a day in the chamber five days a week over a four-to-six-week period.

What are the conditions that it is used for?
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.

Why is Harrington's program special?
Harrington's program is special because it is the only program in the region. The closest centers are in central Connecticut, Gardner, Concord, and the Boston area. We offer a local approach to treatments for hyperbaric medicine.

Why don't all patients with injuries use hyperbaric medicine for better healing?
Not all patients are not suitable for hyperbaric medicine. The patients may have an underlying medical condition that would be detrimental to the patient if they used hyperbarics. Other patients may be able to heal on their own with the assistance of our Wound Care Center.

Do I have to be a Harrington Hospital patient to receive hyperbaric oxygen treatment?
No, patients can be referred to our clinic by outside physicians, nursing facilities, or can self refer to our clinic.

How long will the treatments take?
A typical course of treatment involves the patient spending about 90 minutes a day in the chamber five days per week over a four-to-six-week period.

Does insurance cover hyperbaric oxygen?
Medicare and most healthcare plans reimburse for hyperbaric oxygen therapy for 'currently accepted indications.' Our courteous and professional staff is available to assist you with all of your personal insurance issues.