Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a treatment designed to enhance the body’s natural healing by inhaling 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where the controlled atmospheric pressure is increased. It is used in a variety of treatments, generally a part of a medical care plan. HBOT can be beneficial to a patient who is healing from a condition cause by inflammation in their body. The body’s healing process can be enhanced with HBOT, which delivers a higher rate of oxygen to damaged tissue.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy could be beneficial to you if you have:
• Severe anemia
• Brain abscess
• Carbon monoxide poisoning
• Skin or bone infection causing tissue death
• Radiation injury
• Skin graft or flap at risk of tissue death
Essentially, a patient will sit in a pressurized room or tube and breathe in oxygen, which is then dissolved into all the body’s fluids and carried to areas where circulation has been weakened or blocked. This is a way for the body to get extra oxygen and support the healing of these damaged tissues, helping the body support its own healing process. The increased oxygen levels also help significantly increase the ability that white blood cells have to kill bacteria. The oxygen also decreases swelling and allows new blood vessels to rapidly grow into the affected areas. The process is simple, non-invasive and pain-free.