Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. It is used for a wide variety of treatments usually as a part of an overall medical care plan.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. Other conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.
In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.
Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body. This helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing.
The air pressure inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber is about two and a half times higher than the normal pressure in the atmosphere. This helps your blood carry more oxygen to organs and tissues in your body.
Hyperbaric therapy can help wounds, especially infected wounds, heal more quickly. The therapy may be used to treat:
- Air or gas embolism
- Bone infections (osteomyelitis) that have not improved with other treatments
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Certain types of brain or sinus infections
- Decompression sickness (for example, a diving injury)
- Gas gangrene
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Radiation injury (for example, damage from radiation therapy for cancer)
- Skin grafts
- Wounds that have not healed with other treatments (for example, it may be used to treat a foot ulcer in someone with diabetes or very bad circulation)
HBOT may also be used for a variety of other wound conditions not listed above. Call today to get the information you may require from one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff.
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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy Frequently Asked Questions
- How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy work?
- How much does hyperbaric oxygen therapy cost?
- Which life-threatening wounds are treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
- Does hyperbaric oxygen therapy make you tired?
- What is the most common complication of hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
- Which client with a venous stasis ulcer is a candidate for topical hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
- How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy treat carbon monoxide poisoning?
- How much is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
- What does hyperbaric oxygen therapy do?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy FAQ
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy work?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat several medical conditions and non-healing wounds. It involves breathing in pure oxygen in a pressurized room or oxygen chamber.
The tissues in your body require adequate supplies of oxygen to function properly. When a tissue is injured, it requires more oxygen to heal. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy aims at increasing the amount of oxygen that your blood carries. This helps to restore normal levels of blood gases and tissue function to promote healing and also fight infections.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works by increasing the amount of oxygen you breathe in. The air pressure inside a pressurized room is two to three times the normal air pressure. You will be able to breathe in 100% pure oxygen which helps to promote healing.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to speed up healing of carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, stubborn wounds, and infections whereby the tissues lack oxygen or are starved for oxygen.
How much does hyperbaric oxygen therapy cost?
The cost of hyperbaric oxygen therapy depends on the provider and location. The cost per treatment ranges from $250 to $450.
Which life-threatening wounds are treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Non-healing wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, infection of skin or bone that caused tissue death, and radiation injury.
Does hyperbaric oxygen therapy make you tired?
After undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you may feel tired for some minutes
What is the most common complication of hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is generally a safe procedure. However, some common complications or side effects are:
- Lung failure or collapse
- Fluid buildup or middle ear injuries due to increased air pressure
- Sinus damage
- Changes in vision such as temporary nearsightedness, or myopia
- Oxygen poisoning
Which client with a venous stasis ulcer is a candidate for topical hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Individuals with chronic, non-healing skin lesions are treated with topical hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Increased oxygen is delivered above atmospheric pressure directly to the wound rather than to the full body.
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy treat carbon monoxide poisoning?
The aim of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the treatment of carbon monoxide poisoning is to reduce the amount of carbon monoxide in the blood and also to restore normal oxygen levels as quickly as possible. When you are placed inside a pressurized oxygen chamber, you will be able to breathe in 100% pure oxygen which reduces the amount of carbon monoxide in your blood and restore normal oxygen level.
What does hyperbaric oxygen therapy do?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy increases the amount of oxygen in your blood. When the amount of oxygen increases, it helps to temporarily restore normal levels of blood gases and tissue function which in turn promotes healing and fight infection. It is used to promote the healing of several medical conditions. Your doctor may suggest hyperbaric oxygen therapy is you have non-healing wounds, burns, anemia, decompression sickness, gangrene, radiation injury, infection of the bone, and so on.