Hyperbaric Medicine

Beaumont's Hyperbaric Medicine Center is one of the largest hyperbaric programs in the country. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a rapidly growing treatment that is used to help heal the most difficult and costly wounds.

The human body has a remarkable ability to heal itself when wounded. The body will heal wounds with a complex combination of automatic internal actions. However, the fuel for many of these actions is oxygen. When patients have a disease or injury that causes a reduction in oxygen to the tissue, healing is nearly impossible. HBOT raises the oxygen level 12 - 15 times in the blood and 7 - 10 times in tissue, allowing the means for healing to restart.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy provides a delivery of oxygen at greater than normal pressure. Patients are placed in a hyperbaric chamber, where they will breathe 100% oxygen at between two and three times atmospheric pressure. HBOT is an outpatient procedure that is provided once or twice daily, for approximately four to six weeks. One treatment takes approximately two hours.

For most patients, it is without pain or discomfort.