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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Overview

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is where a patient sits in a pressurized chamber and breathes pure oxygen. Most commonly used for decompression sickness, notably with scuba diving, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can additionally assist with the healing of dangerous infections, burn injuries, carbon monoxide contamination, and dying skin tissue from a skin graft or skin flap. The hyperbaric chamber has a pressure of two to three times that of regular air pressure. The increased air pressure makes it possible for the lungs to acquire significantly more oxygen. The increased oxygen in the bloodstream combats toxic bacteria at a higher rate while simultaneously emitting growth factors and stem cells at a higher rate. The increased emission of growth factors and stem cells foster increased healing. With several arranged appointments, the short-term increased oxygen levels increase one’s regular tissue-oxygen levels following the therapy session. As hyperbaric oxygen therapy is usually an outpatient procedure, the individual receiving the treatment is able to return home the same evening.

Types of Hyperbaric Oxygen Chambers

There are two common forms of hyperbaric oxygen chambers, an individual unit and multi-person unit, referred to as monoplace and multiplace. An individual unit consists of a table the patient lies down on and the table moves into a transparent, plastic chamber for the session. A multi-person chamber is a large room where several patients sit or lie down. Oxygen will be dispersed through a face mask or a clear hood over the head.

Therapy Session

An average therapy session is about two hours. Your vital levels will be supervised during the entirety of the session. As the chambers air pressure is either two to three times standard air pressure, you may feel discomfort in your ears, like that of being on a plane, which can be relieved by yawning or swallowing.

Following Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Medical professionals will examine your ears, take your blood pressure level, as well as your pulse. Diabetics will have their blood glucose level checked. After the professionals confirm you are healthy, you will be allowed to go home. As the session is around two hours long, it is normal to feel fatigue and hunger. Rest and a nutritious meal is recommended. 

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