Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment in which the patient intermittently breathes 100% oxygen while inside a hyperbaric chamber that is pressurized to greater than sea level pressure (1 atmosphere absolute, or ATA). A hyperbaric chamber is made from high quality transparent acrylic which allows for the delivery of oxygen to the body in higher concentrations than normal.
This type of therapy is considered a supplementary therapy and is used in combination with another medical treatment. It is carried out under the close supervision of a physician specializing in hyperbaric medicine and is a non-invasive, painless treatment.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been approved by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) for use in the treatment of the following diseases or indications:
There are several benefits to undergoing hyperbaric oxygen therapy, including:
Before providing hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the doctor will thoroughly examine the patient's physical condition in order to ensure the patient's safety and prevent any possible complications. Once the doctor determines that the patient can safely proceed, the session will be carried out as follows:
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy does carry some risk of complications, but these are generally mild and are very rare. Complications include ear popping, ear pain, sinus pain, and oxygen toxicity.
Nonetheless, careful and accurate diagnosis, a focus on safety at all stages of the treatment, and the expertise of the doctors and nurses attending the patient throughout the procedure will both reduce the possibility of any complications and increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
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Normally, the air we breathe contains only about 20% oxygen. However, with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, patients are able to breathe 100% pure oxygen.