THE BRONX - Doctors at Montefiore Medical Center have started using hyperbaric chambers to try and make diabetes treatment more relaxing.
Doctors say the hyperbaric treatment is used to treat diabetic wounds or ulcers, which about a quarter of all diabetes patients end up needing.
Doctors say the treatment puts patients in a chamber where they are given pure oxygen under elevated pressures. This, in some cases, allows the patient to avoid needing amputation due to his or her wounds.
Some patients end up spending up to 10 hours a week in the chambers.
Last year, the facility treated more than 5,000 patients using hyperbaric medicine.