Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen chamber

Give your body an extra boost of oxygen so it can heal wounds more quickly. Find safe, high-quality hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) treatments at Pella Regional Health Center in Marion County, Iowa.

Trained in Hyperbaric Wound Care

Stay close to home for high-quality HBOT delivered with compassion. Our friendly team has advanced training in wound care and hyperbaric medicine.

What is HBOT?

During HBOT, you breathe pure oxygen while lying on a bed in a clear tube, or hyperbaric chamber. The air pressure in the hyperbaric chamber is three times higher than normal air pressure. This lets your lungs take in more oxygen than usual.

How Does HBOT Speed Healing?

HBOT increases the amount of oxygen in your blood. Your blood carries the oxygen to tissues throughout your body. This extra oxygen promotes healing and may improve your body’s ability to fight infection.

What Conditions Does HBOT Help?

Your doctor may recommend HBOT as part of your wound care plan if you experience:

  • Burn
  • Crush injury
  • Diabetic foot ulcer
  • Gangrene
  • Radiation injury
  • Skin graft
  • Skin infection
  • Wound that has not healed with other treatments

Did You Know?

If you had radiation therapy in the past 20 years and still have side effects, HBOT may help.

What to Expect

During treatment, you’ll lie in a clear hyperbaric chamber while wearing a hospital gown. Treatment sessions last 90 minutes.

You may feel some fullness in your ears when the air pressure in the chamber changes. Ask your care team for tips to pop your ears if needed.

For Your Comfort

During your session, you can take a nap or use our sound system to listen to music or watch TV. We’ll provide warm blankets, pillows, and water bottles you can use while in the hyperbaric chamber. For safety reasons, you cannot take anything else into the chamber with you.

How Many Treatments Do I Need?

Work with your doctor to create a care plan. Most people get treatments five days a week (Monday through Friday) for six to twelve weeks.

Side Effects of HBOT

Talk to your care team about the benefits and risks of HBOT. Your doctor can help you understand possible side effects of treatment.

Make an Appointment

Call 641-628-6615 to schedule an appointment with the wound care team at Pella Regional Health Center.

How to Find Wound Care

Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is located in the newly renovated section of Pella Regional at the corner of Jefferson and Hazel streets. Use the parking lot on Jefferson Street and enter the hospital through Entrance 7. View our hospital map [PDF].