WHAT IS IT?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a treatment that exposes the entire body to increased atmospheric pressure and allows the patient to breathe 100% oxygen, stimulating complex wound healing at a much quicker rate.
The treatment is administered in a pressurized chamber and lasts for the duration of 1.5-2 hours. During this time, you will be able to relax, sleep, watch television or listen to music, and will be monitored by a physician and HBO technician at all times.
HBO Treatment is typically used to treat:
- Non-healing wounds (especially in diabetics)
- Osteomyelitis (bone infections)
- Radiation injury to bone or soft tissue burns
- Decompression illness (bends)
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Compromised skin graft or flaps
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Normally, in our atmosphere, we breathe approximately 20% oxygen and 80% nitrogen. During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, however, the pressure is increased two to three times more than normal, allowing the individual to breathe 100% oxygen.
The combination of high concentrations of oxygen (100%) and increased pressure cause large amounts of oxygen to be dissolved in the blood and other tissue fluids. There can be as much as 10-15 times the usual amount of oxygen dissolved in your blood, which gets much more oxygen to the rest of the body.
This cutting edge treatment results in quicker healing times for wounds that were healing slowly, or not at all.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an extremely safe procedure that does not pose any serious risks. Although cases are rare, as with any medical treatment or procedure, there are some potential side effects that could occur. Fortunately, we are able to prevent most of these risks from occurring.