Reduce swelling while flooding the tissues with oxygen.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a treatment where patient breathes pure oxygen while enclosed in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber at a pressure greater than one atmosphere, relying on oxygen’s physical, chemical, and physiological effects to achieve the goal of treating diseases.
How does HBOT work?
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, plasma, central nervous system, bones and the lymph, and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. In this way, extra oxygen can reach all damaged tissue 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.
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Services for which HBOT is cleared for treatment by the FDA:
Air and gas bubbles in blood vessels
Anemia (severe anemia when blood transfusions cannot be used)
Burns (severe and large burns treated at a specialized burn center)
Carbon monoxide poisoning
Decompression sickness (diving risk)
Hearing loss (complete hearing loss that occurs suddenly and without any known cause)
Infection of the skin and bone (severe)
Skin graft flap at risk of tissue death
Vision loss (when sudden and painless in one eye due to blockage of blood flow)
Wounds (non-healing; diabetic foot ulcers)