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. HBOT is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment.
Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body's fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. In this way, extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged tissues and the body can support its own healing process. The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas.
Hyperbaric oxygen is used to treat all conditions which benefit from increased tissue oxygen availability, as well as infections where it can be used for its antibiotic properties, either as the primary therapy, or in conjunction with other drugs. HBOT may be performed with or without custom intravenous therapies.
Conditions Regularly Treated:
- Diabetic and other Wounds
- Exceptional Blood Loss (Anemia)
- Gas Gangrene
- Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection
- Osteoradionecrosis and Radiation Tissue Damage
- Osteomyelitis (Refractory)
- Skin Grafts and (Compromised) Flaps
- Thermal Burns
- Cerebral Palsy
- Lyme and like diseases (including Chronic Fatigue)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Recovery from Plastic Surgery
- Sports Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Compartment Syndrome/Crush Injury/Other Traumatic Ischemias and as a vehicle to improve the efficacy of other therapies for chronic conditions