Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is used to heal wounds at Palomar Wound Care CentersPalomar Health Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Centers provide Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in San Marcos and Poway to serve San Diego County patients who have diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, osteoradionecrosis, radiation burns and other wounds that respond to Hyperbaric Medicine. 

Our experienced Physicians and Certified Hyperbaric Technologists are friendly and professional. They are always available to answer any questions you have regarding this type of treatment.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is an adjunctive treatment in which the patient breathes 100% oxygen while enclosed in a pressurized chamber at greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure.

While breathing pure O2, the patient’s blood plasma becomes saturated, carrying 15 to 20 times the normal amount of oxygen to the body’s tissues. The ultimate result is that the body’s natural wound-healing mechanisms, which are oxygen dependent, are able to function more efficiently. Approximately 15% of wound care patients treated may require HBOT. 

Our physicians are Board Certified in Hyperbaric Medicine. With many years of experience, our team is able to walk you through the treatment process with ease and confidence. Patients are placed in a comfortable position and may watch a movie or television on a flat screen during treatment. In addition, our Certified Hyperbaric Technologists are able to communicate to the patient during treatment. Our team takes the time to walk you through the treatment step-by-step. 


When Undergoing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, You Can Expect:

  • To be placed on a gurney in a comfortable position.
  • To rest inside the HBOT chamber for about 2 hours.
  • To sleep or watch favorite videos during treatment.
  • to have a trained and certified HBOT technician present during treatment.
  • To be able to communicate with the HBOT technician by phone/intercom during the entire treatment.
  • To complete an education process for both the patient and family before HBOT treatment begins.
  • To know what to expect out of this course of therapy. 

Approved Medical Indications for HBOT:

  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Preservation of compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Diabetic Ulcers of the lower extremities
  • Crush injury/acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Osteoradionecrosis 


Do you have questions about the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Centers at Palomar Health in North San Diego County? Learn about Hyperbaric Oxygen, the Types of Wounds We Treat, Contact Us or Find Our Location(s).