What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a method of administering pure oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure to a patient in order to improve or correct certain conditions.
The air we normally breathe is 21% oxygen and at the atmospheric pressure in which we live (1 ATA), this oxygen is almost exclusively carried by the red blood cells. During HBOT, when pure oxygen is administered at greater than atmospheric pressure, there is a substantial increase in the amount of oxygen carried in all body fluids including plasma, cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord, lymph and intracellular fluids. This allows increased oxygen levels even in areas with poor or compromised blood supply as well as in areas of tissue damage.
Benefits of HBOT
Increasing the tissue oxygen levels produces several important long term therapeutic benefits, including enhanced growth of new blood vessels, increased ability of white blood cells to destroy bacteria and remove toxins, increased growth of fibroblasts (cells involved in wound healing) and enhanced metabolic activity of previously marginally functioning cells including brain neurons.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been demonstrated to be beneficial for almost 200 diverse conditions, ranging from stroke recover, circulatory disorders, heart disease, infections and an adjunct in the treatment of aids and cancer. All conditions HBOT is used for have one thing in common: the affected areas are not getting enough life-sustaining oxygen.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Peripheral Vascular Disorders