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What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot)?

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot)?

O2 under pressure: The oxygen that you breath while under pressure in an hbo chamber is acting like a drug. There are a myriad of effects of this. The most important effect is to get oxygen to tissues that are failing because of a lack of oxygen. The pressure helps force o2 into the tissues where circulation may be poor. Also increased circulation of stem cells has been reported with hbo. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (Definition)

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot) is, by definition, the administration of oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure. There are many indications for this type of treatment: radiation injuries, wounds related to diabetes or poor circulation, and others. Hbot is delivered in 1 of 2 ways: a monochamber (1 patient at a time) or a multichamber (more than 1 patient). The ...Read more


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Can hyperbaric oxygen therapy improve recovery from a stroke?

Can hyperbaric oxygen therapy improve recovery from a stroke?

There's no conclusive evidence that hyperbaric oxygen therapy — which involves breathing pure oxygen in a special pressurized chamber — improves the outcome of stroke: Some researchers theorize that increasing the supply of oxygen to the parts of the brain affected by stroke may reduce the extent of irreversible damage. But this has not been proved. Too few people have been studied to say whether hyperbaric oxygen therapy decreases the chance of dying or if it offers other benefits, such as improving the ability to perform everyday tasks. Although hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been found useful in the treatment of a number of conditions — such as decompression sickness and carbon monoxide poisoning — more research is needed to evaluate what, if any, role it plays in stroke treatment. ...Read more

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Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy effective for sports injuries?

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy effective for sports injuries?

It might: It is a very expensive trreatment but its greatest benefit is treating spinal injury asap. Read my blog "oxygen, the spark of life" you can google. Oxygen is the very root of energy metabolism and a great deal of energy is required for healing. But, like everything else, it has to be dosed. Too much oxygen is as bad as too little. ...Read more

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What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Definition: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot) is, by definition, the administration of oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure. There are many indications for this type of treatment: radiation injuries, wounds related to diabetes or poor circulation, and others. Hbot is delivered in 1 of 2 ways: a monochamber (1 patient at a time) or a multichamber (more than 1 patient). The efficacy is the same. ...Read more

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Who benefits in a hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

> 12 FDA approved : Indications. The committee on hyperbaric oxygen therapy of the undersea ; hyperbaric medicine recommends hyperbaric oxygen can be used for treatment of: decompression sickness, gas embolism (arterial), recalcitrant soft tissue infections ; osteomyelitis, gangrene, carbon monoxide poisoning, wounds or skin grafts/flaps that aren't healing w standard tx, crush injuries, thermal burns, delayed. ...Read more

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Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy {hbot} generally recommended to heal renal {kidney} disease?

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy {hbot} generally recommended to heal renal {kidney} disease?

No: Hyperbaric oxygen is used in a few llimited scenarios...But chronic or acute kidney disease are not one of those scenarios. That being said, I am sure there are some people out there doing it. ...Read more

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Does hyperbaric oxygen help with calciphylaxis?

Unknown for sure: There have been "reports" of success with hyperbaric oxygen (hbot) but no scientific studies have been published to back this up. Sometimes we have to ask "did the wound heal because of the treatment or despite the treatment!" you need to work together with a wound specialist and a nephrologist on this one. ...Read more

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Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy really good for subdural hematoma?

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy really good for subdural hematoma?

No .: Removal of the hematoma and relieving pressure on the brain is the treatment for subdural hematomas. ...Read more

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Can you explain hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Can you explain hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is delivered in a chamber. It can be single person chamber or a multiplace chamber. 100% oxygen is delivered within the chamber under pressures equal to 2 to 2.5 atmospheres of pressure depending on the medical problem that you physician is treating. This is equal to 33 feet of seawater in pressure. The treatments last two to 2.5 hours; they are done daily. ...Read more

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Will hyperbaric oxygen treatments help with diabetic neuropathy?

Will hyperbaric oxygen treatments help with diabetic neuropathy?

Hyperbaric: There is no evidence that diabetic neuropathy is helped by hyperbaric oxygen treatments. It is not covered by CMS or other insurance companies. ...Read more

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Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy an effective treatment for chronic brain injury?

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy an effective treatment for chronic brain injury?

Research underway: Here are a constelation of studies: http://www.Medicalgasresearch.Com/content/1/1/21. Most studies have been done with severe traumatic brain injury patients. I believe that the jury is still out. ...Read more

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How effective is hyperbaric oxygen therapy in elderly patients with diabetes?

How effective is hyperbaric oxygen therapy in elderly patients with diabetes?

Yes. No. Maybe.: While hyperbaric oxygen therapy (hbot) is a great treatment for diabetic foot ulcers, it only works as an adjunct. You have to control the diabetes, restore as much blood flow as possible, perform standard wound care, and "do all the other stuff right, " first. Age is not an obstacle, but hbot will not do any good if the diabetic patient does not have an ulcer (i.e., a wound or break in the skin). ...Read more

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Does hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy for chronic fatigue work well?

Does hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy for chronic fatigue work well?

HBOT ; Chronic Fatig: One study "the efficacy of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the management of chronic fatigue syndrome was suggestive of improvements but it was a very small study. I don't know how scientifically vigorous it was. http://www.ncbi.nih.gov/pubmed/23682549. Currently chronic fatigue syndrome is not an approved indication for hbot. (committee on hyperbaric oxygen therapy of the undersea ; hyperbaric med. ...Read more

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Does mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps injuries heal quickly?

Does mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps injuries heal quickly?

Possibly yes: The usefulness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in healing chronic diabetic foot ulcer is well documented. There is only anecdotal evidence that hbo will help acute injuries heal. Inflammation is evident both in chronic wounds and in acute injury. Hbo is known to decrease inflammation so theoretically acute injuries should resolve more quickly with hbo. More study is needed before hbo use for injury. ...Read more

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Is hyperbaric oxygen chambers useful for autism?

Is hyperbaric oxygen chambers useful  for autism?

Neuro Hyperbaric: The research on hyperbaric oxygen treatments has not proven to be of benefit. Continued research into this issue is needed. There are specialists that may recommend this therapy but you should ask about the conclusions of the research. ...Read more

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Who cannot use a hyperbaric oxygen chamber?

Who cannot use a hyperbaric oxygen chamber?

The following:: Must not - people with a collapsed lung or are using medications that impair wound healing (cisplatin, sulfamylon), affect the lungs (bleomycin) or other (doxorubicin, disulfiram). Might not - those with asthma, claustrophobia, copd, pregnancy, an epidural pain pump, a pacemaker, seizure disorder, upper respiratory infection, high fever, eustachian tube dysfunction, or congenital spherocytosis. ...Read more

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What's hyperbaric oxygen treatment is?

What's hyperbaric oxygen treatment is?

Hyperbaric oxygen: Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is a process where a person is placed in a room or chamber with high pressurized 100% oxygen. This delivers high levels of oxygen to the person and can be used to treat slow or difficult to heal wounds like diabetic or infected wounds. It can be a means to improve healing, to try to prevent the loss of an extremity, or treat serious wound sepsis. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more


Oxygen Therapy (Definition)

Some people with damaged lungs or damaged hearts cannot extract enough oxygen from normal air, so they need extra oxygen delivered through a mask or nasal cannulas. This ...Read more