HBOT (Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy) and Hypospadias Repair
Hello and welcome back to PARC Parent Pointers! This week is the long-awaited video about hyperbaric oxygen treatments. If you haven’t already, please check out my previous videos that go into detail about pre/post surgery details, feeding instructions, and when your child can go back to normal activity after surgery.
How to get started:
Mono-chamber vs Multi-chamber:
I am sure you are wondering if you can get into the chamber with your child. This is an important question to ask the facility because it makes a difference in figuring out the logistics in what to do during the “dive” or time spent in the chamber. In a mono-chamber, your child will be in a sealed, clear chamber by himself. Depending on the age of your child, a parent or caregiver may be able to or possibly required to “dive” with your child. Check with your facility regarding their policy on this. In the multi-chamber, there are multiple patients that go in the chamber at the same time. These are usually more flexible in allowing parents to go in with their child. However, each patient wears an oxygen hood (that looks like an astronaut helmet) during the course of the dive. Children are often allowed to bring story books, coloring books, etc. in with them. Make sure you ask the facility for their policy regarding what is allowed in the chamber with your child.
Current PARC Protocol:
The referral process:
As always, please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns in regards to hyperbaric treatments and your son. I would be more than happy to help assist you in this process as well as talk with the hyperbaric facility if they have any questions. I can be reached at [email protected] or at 214-618-4405.