Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to enhance the body’s own healing abilities. It is a painless treatment that can be performed at a hospital on an outpatient basis. If you are referred for hyperbaric oxygen treatment, here is what you need to know.
What happens during hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, you will enter a cylinder that is made of clear acrylic, so you can see outside of the chamber at all times. Once you are inside, the technician will administer 100% oxygen, which you will breathe freely inside the cylinder.
This process helps to increase the oxygen levels in your blood, which in turn helps to promote healing. HBOT typically takes about 90 minutes, during which time you may watch movies and communicate with the person administering the test, as described in the video.
What are the benefits of treatment?
Oxygen-rich blood helps to promote healing of wounds and other tissue damage. By increasing the level of oxygen in your blood, HBOT supports your body’s own healing mechanism.
Although anyone can benefit from HBOT, it is especially effective for patients who have circulatory problems that restrict blood flow to the site of a wood. If you smoke, your doctor may recommend that you quit before treatment, as smoking reduces blood flow.
What conditions can be treated by HBOT?
HBOT is recommended for a number of different conditions, including:
- Air or gas embolisms
- Gas gangrene
- Decompression sickness
- Thermal burns
- Diabetes wounds
- Traumatic ischemias
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
HBOT has also been used for other conditions, including near-drownings and plastic surgery recovery, but these uses have not been studied as thoroughly.
Could HBOT help you recover faster from a wound or other condition? Consult with a physician at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center to find out. Our hospital in Thousand Oaks is pleased to offer HBOT as a treatment option to patients in our community. To learn more or to request a referral, please call (877) 888-5746.