Understanding HBOT

What is HBOT?

A medical treatment useful in a variety of clinical situations. The patient is placed safely and comfortably in a large chamber.  100% oxygen flows into the chamber under pressures 1.5 to 3 times that of normal atmospheric pressure.  Treatments may last from 1 to 2 hours and are given 1 to 3 times daily, with at least 4 hours between sessions.  Most patients require no sedation and appear calm and relaxed during HBOT treatment sessions.  The total number of HBOT treatments necessary will vary according to the type of disease and/or patient response.

How Does HBOT Work?

During HBOT, very large amounts of oxygen are dissolved in the plasma.  This oxygen can diffuse 4 times deeper into the tissue than oxygen carried by the red blood cells.  During a treatment, oxygen from the plasma supplies tissue cells which cannot be reached by oxygen received from the red blood cells.  This effect is unique to HBOT.

Some Effects of HBOT

  • Reduction in swelling and inflammation
  • Stimulation of new blood vessel formation into the healing/inflamed tissue
  • Reduction in pressure and edema caused by head or spinal cord injuries
  • Improved control of infection and accelerated wound healing
  • Stem cell multiplication and recruitment to damaged tissue




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