Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

In the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s Wound Management & Hyperbaric Medicine Department, we have two state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen chambers.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) helps the body’s natural ability to heal by delivering a high concentration of oxygen to stubborn wounds that won’t respond to more conventional wound care therapies.

Types of wounds we treat with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy include:

  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Diabetic ulcers of the lower extremities
  • Compromised skin grafts (preparation and preservation)

For more information about hyperbaric oxygen therapy at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, please call (307) 633-6088.


HBOT requires the patient to breathe 100% oxygen in an enclosed chamber pressurized to greater than two atmospheres.

HBOT delivers oxygen quickly and in high concentrations to wounds. The increased oxygen stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the injured area and can also help prevent certain types of infections. The result is that stubborn wounds typically heal better and faster.

Patients must receive at least 30 days of conventional wound therapy treatment before they can try HBOT. They must also have enough blood flow to the wounded area to make HBOT viable.

Most treatments will be given during two-hour sessions, several times a week. Some conditions require a treatment period of 10 days or less. Chronic conditions may require a treatment period of several weeks. On average, patients receive 25 to 30 treatments over five to six weeks.

Inside the chamber, the patient can watch TV or movies, listen to music or relax as pressure inside the oxygen chamber is gradually increased. The temperature will also rise but can later be adjusted to a comfortable level.

As time goes on, the patient’s ears will feel “full.” The patient will be instructed on how to clear the pressure and relieve any temporary discomfort.

About every 30 minutes, the patient will take short “air breaks” through a breathing mask. The patient can also speak with the HBOT technician through a speaker in the chamber.

Almost all healthcare plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, reimburse for HBOT treatments on accepted disorders.

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