Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy means breathing 100% oxygen in a pressurized tube or a room. It is a well established and highly effective treatment for decompression sickness, serious infections, bubbles of air in blood vessels and wounds that won’t heal easily.
In Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber (HBOT) the air pressure is increased by 3 – 4 times than the normal atmospheric pressure. In this condition, lungs are able to inhale more oxygen than they can do at normal atmospheric pressure.
Under this therapy, your blood is able to carry this pure oxygen throughout your body. This helps in the fight against bacteria and helps in releasing the substances called stem cells and growth factors, which further fasten up the healing process.
The Need for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Every tissue of your body needs an adequate amount of oxygen to function properly. And when it gets injured, it needs even more oxygen to heal fast. Through this system named Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, oxygen supply in the blood increases. This temporarily restores the blood gas normal levels and tissues start healing faster and fight infection even more effectively.
This therapy is used to cure many medical conditions and different institutions use it differently. You could be suggested Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy if you suffer any of these following medical conditions.
- Brain Abscess
- Severe Anemia
- Bubbles of air in blood vessels (arterial gas embolism)
- Decompression Sickness
- Crushing injury
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Sudden Deafness
- Non-healing wounds like diabetic foot ulcer
- Infection of skin or bone causing the death of tissues
- Sudden and Painless Vision Loss
- Skin Graft or skin flap at risk of tissue death
However, there are some diseases, treatment of which can’t be claimed to be effective as the shreds of evidence of the success of HBOT are insufficient in these regards.
These diseases are:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Brain Injury
- Bell’s Palsy
- Cerebral Palsy
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Heart Disease
- Gastrointestinal Ulcers
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Sports Injury
Risks of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Though Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is safe, still some complications can arise.
The potential risks include:
- Injuries in the middle ear, including leaking fluid and eardrum rupture
- Myopia, caused by temporary eye lens changes
- Too much oxygen can result in Seizures in your Central Nervous System
- It can also lead to a fire as a result of too much oxygen in the chamber.
How to prepare for the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Since the chamber is filled with pure oxygen, it can ignite fire even at a little spark. Hence you are needed to get off from any of battery-powered gadgets and lighters. You may also be asked to remove any hair or skin care products that are petroleum based and can lead to ignition of the fire. You should ask for the specific instructions from the healthcare team present there.
Results of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
To reap benefits from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, one might need more than a single session. Your medical condition shall set the number of sessions you may need. In some cases, like that of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, you may start healing after 3-4 visits. But in some cases like non-healing wounds, you may require 20 – 40 treatments.
This therapy can alone treat decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning and arterial gas embolism. But, to treat other conditions, this therapy is used as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan which can fit into your individual needs.
Amandeep Hospital is one of the few hospitals having active HBOT department. We are the most skilled and professional doctors working with top-notch technology and providing the best healthcare services in North India.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a successfully running unit of Amandeep Hospital reaping a million benefits for the patients. Give us a visit, take the expert consultation and get the best treatments you could ever find.