What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?

 

Willow Bend ChamberHYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY (HBOT) is a treatment in which the entire body is exposed to oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure. Oxygen plays an important role in healing soft tissue injuries and wounds, and reducing the risk of infection. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (also known as HBOT) is a proven, medical treatment that can benefit patients with a variety of conditions and help with the healing process. The treatment encourages the body to build new capillaries and reduce inflammation and swelling from injury, surgery or chronic illness.

Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body’s fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and bone fluids and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. In this way, extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged areas and the body can support its own healing process.

Our patients receive Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the world’s largest and most advanced single person hyperbaric chambers where they can sit upright and watch TV or nap in the comfort of a spacious acrylic chamber. While in the chamber the patient will breath 100% oxygen (O2) at greater than one atmosphere pressure (normal breathing intakes approximately 20% oxygen).

Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With HBO, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body’s fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and bone and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. In this way, extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged tissues and the body can support its own healing process. It is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment.

It is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment.

  • Breathing 100% Oxygen Under Pressure (minimum 1.7 ATA)
  • Oxygen Forced into Solution, Carried in Body Fluids, Plasma and Red Blood Cells
  • Substantial Increase in Oxygenation at the Cell Level
  • Increased Cellular Recovery
  • Dramatically Increased Stem Cell Count
  • Capillary Growth is Enhanced
  • Improved Blood Flow
  • Kills Anaerobic Bacteria
  • Kills Infections in Bone and Soft Tissue
  • Healing is Accelerated
  • Muscle and Tendon Injuries
  • Wounds

A History of Hyperbarics in medicine:

  • 1930s – Used to speed nitrogen removal from divers with Bends
  • 1950s – HBO first used in treatment of tumors.
  • 1960s – Used to treat gas gangrene and CO Poisoning
  • 1970s – Committee formed to study Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as approved treatment for Decompression Sickness, Air Embolism, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • 1990s – Medicare & Insurance cover approved indications
  • 2000 – American Board of Medical Specialties approved undersea and hyperbaric medicine as a sub-specialty of both emergency medicine and preventive medicine.