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.

Responsive Conditions:

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.
 
Traumatology
  • Crush injuries
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Soft tissue musculoskeletal injuries
  • Closed and open head injury
Orthopedic Disorders
  • Fracture repair (all stages) delayed and non-union
  • Bone grafts
  • Aid to prosthesis rehabilitative care
  • Acute and chronic spinal instability
  • Sacroiliac syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Disc protrusion (single, multi-level)
  • Post-surgical instability
  • Degenerative joint disease (single, multi-level)
  • Inflammatory arthritis
Neurological Disorders
  • Spinal cord neuropathy due to crush and neurovascular degeneration
  • Peripheral nerve injury and neuropathies (crush, demylination)
  • Closed head impact injury (brain damage)
  • Cerebral edema
  • Migraine
  • Brain abscess
  • Cerebrovascular stroke (acute and chronic stages)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Multi infarct dementia
  • Cerebral palsy, epilepsy due to hypoxia
Cardiac Disorders
  • Aid to cardiac surgery and rehabilitation
  • Coronary heart disease (angina pectoris, myocardial ischemia)
  • Heart insufficiency (post surgical)
  • Heart contractile dysfunction

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

  • Non healing, delayed wounds
  • Aid to survival skin flaps with marginal circulation
  • Aid to re-implantation surgery
  • Aid to burns treatment

Peripheral Vascular Disorders

  • Delayed wounds, recurrent ulcers, infection
  • Acute and chronic arterial insufficiency

Heamatology

  • Sickle cell crisis
  • Acute and chronic blood loss anemia

Radiosensitivity

  • Enhancement of radio-sensitivity of malignant tumors

Ophthalmology

  • Central retinal artery occlusion

Otorhinolaryngology

  • Sudden deafness
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Meniere’s disease

Gastrointestinal

  • Gastric and duodenal ulcers
  • Necrotising enterocolitis
  • Paralytic ileus
  • Pneumotoides cystoides intestinalis
  • Hepatitis

Endocrine Disorders

  • All stages of diabetes

Lung Disorders

  • Lung abscess
 
 

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