WHAT IS HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY?

 
What is HBOT
Hyperbaric chambers are used to administer Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). HBOT is a noninvasive procedure during which patients breathe 100% oxygen while enclosed in a specially designed chamber at pressures up to three times that exerted by the normal atmosphere. In certain circumstances, it represents the primary treatment modality, while in others it is an adjunct to surgical or pharmacologic interventions.
 
Is HBOT safe?
HBOT treatment is prescribed by a physician, and performed under medical supervision. Although there are minor risks (like all medical treatments), hyperbaric oxygen therapy is extremely safe.
 
What does HBOT feel like?
At the start of the treatment, some patients experience a sensation similar to that felt while flying and/or landing in an airplane. As pressure builds, it is common to feel pressure in the ears and a slight rise in chamber temperature. At the end of the treatment, as the pressure is released, the ears pop automatically and the chamber becomes cooler. Most patients rest comfortably throughout treatment, watching TV, listening to music or sleeping.
 
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy work?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy saturates the patient’s circulatory system with oxygen, resulting in increased oxygen delivery to tissues. When the circulatory system becomes saturated:

  • It increases oxygen tension in hypoxic tissues (gets more oxygen to the injured tissues)
  • It enhances white blood cell activity at the wound site (reduces chances of infection)
  • It reduces edema (swelling) by vasoconstriction
  • It increases the formation of blood vessels (Angiogenesis) and nerve endings in wounded tissue
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