Seton Health patients have access to the Capital Region’s only multi-patient hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) center, which offers pain-free, non-invasive treatment to improve medical conditions and wounds that are resistant to standard therapy. The center can accommodate up to 10 patients at a time in a comfortable setting.
Patients can sit back, take a nap or watch TV while receiving this limb and life saving therapy. The treatment involves delivering a high concentration of oxygen through special head gear while comfortably sitting inside the pressurized chamber. The pressure in the chamber results in high levels of oxygen to be dissolved in the patient's bloodstream. This extra oxygen is used by the body to help reduce swelling, control infection and stimulate the growth of new blood vessels.
Common conditions treated with HBOT include:
For patients’ entertainment and comfort, the center is air conditioned and equipped with a wide screen, high definition LCD television. DVD movies are shown regularly. If it is in an approved bottle, patients can even bring a beverage into the center.
Typical hyperbaric treatments are two hours long. Patients are usually treated six days per week for several weeks (typically four to seven). Following a treatment, patients often feel invigorated, have increased energy, and are free to go about their normal daily routine.