Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is typically used to complement treatments of medical problems such as bone infections, complication of radiotherapy, and certain non-healing wounds (diabetic ulcers). On an emergency basis, the chamber is also used to treat problems such as carbon monoxide poisoning and decompression sickness.
Accepted Indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society through its Committee on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy continually reviews and evaluates current and potential indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is currently indicated as the primary mode of therapy for:
Air or Gas Embolism
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is currently indicated as an important adjunctive therapy for:
Some problematic Non-healing Wounds (Diabetic Ulcers)
Radiation Tissue Damage (Soft Tissue and Osteoradionecrosis)
Clostridial Myonecrosis (Gas Gangrene)
Compromised Skin Grafts and Flaps
Crush Injury, Compartment Syndrome, Acute Traumatic Ischemias
NecrotizingSoftTissue(Subcutaneous,Muscle, Fascia) Infections
What to expect
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is beneficial in a wide range of diagnoses, including neurodevelopment disorders, skin infections and ischemic disorders. Research on this valuable treatment continues access multiple medical specialties.
How long does treatment take?
Every patient’s needs are different, so no two treatment plans are exactly alike. The average daily treatments last approximately two hours. The number and frequency of treatments will vary depending on diagnosis; however, a series of treatments are typically necessary to sustain increased oxygen levels in the bloodstream and achieve optimal results.
What type of progression is expected?
Hyperbaric treatments are most effective when patients comply with all aspects of the treatment regimen. It is important to follow your physician’s instructions pertaining to diet, medications and frequency of treatments.
Are there possible side effects?
As with any treatment, there are potential, but mostly rare, side effects. Your care team will discuss this further during your initial consultation.