Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is high-oxygen-pressure therapy recognized by the American Medical Association as a successful complement to other courses of treatment for conditions and illnesses that have been highly resistant to other treatments.
Oxygen treatments can be beneficial for patients who suffer from:
- Chronic non-healing, such as diabetic foot ulcers or wounds
- Compromised skin grafts/flaps
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis (inflammatory disease in the bones)
- Radiation cystitis and proctitis (bladder and rectal inflammation)
- Osteoradioneocrosis (dying bone tissue)
- Necrosis (death) of soft tissue and bone due to radiation treatments
- Gas embolisms
- Gas gangrene
How does HBOT work?
Breathing 100 percent oxygen in a pressurized chamber causes the oxygen to diffuse into the bloodstream, resulting in blood oxygen levels 20 times higher than normal. This heavy concentration of oxygen has numerous benefits:
- Nourishes tissue with poor circulation
- Improves the white blood cells ability to destroy bacteria
- Stimulates the growth of new blood vessels
- Boosts the body’s own natural healing process
- Significantly diminishes the need for amputation
- Improves the outcome for patients who have failed to respond to traditional therapies alone
Plus, HBOT is:
- Offered in an outpatient setting
- Accepted by Medicare, Medicaid and many commercial insurers with a physician’s referral
Treatments take place in a comfortable, climate-controlled multi-seat chamber that is carefully monitored. After a physical evaluation, patients enter the chamber. As the chamber pressurizes most patients experience a sensation similar to an airplane taking off. During the treatment you can comfortably talk, read, nap or watch a movie. As the treatment concludes, the pressure decreases, similar to the feeling of a plane landing.
HBOT sessions typically last two hours, six days a week for six to eight weeks. Your physician will determine the number of therapies that will be most beneficial to you.