What is HBOT / Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Miami?
Hyperbaric medicine uses a special pressure chamber or pressurized room that provides 100% oxygen to enhance the body’s natural healing. At a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy chamber the air pressure is increased three times higher than the normal air pressure, which provides the lungs with the ability to gather more oxygen. This simple and non-invasive treatment boosts the capability of white blood cells to kill bacteria and encourages the release of substances called growth factors, which promote healing.
Why HBOT / Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is beneficial for you?
The human body needs an adequate supply of oxygen to function properly. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy intensifies the amount of oxygen in your blood and restores the normal levels of tissue function, promoting healing and fighting infection. Different illnesses such as, chronic fatigue, cerebral palsy, head injuries and strokes have shown great response to HBOT. This treatment can help you when standard medicine is not giving you results.
What are some of the conditions HBOT / Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can treat?
This treatment is used in different ways to treat several medical conditions that can benefit from increased oxygen ability. These are just a few of the conditions Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may be used to treat:
- Bones Infections
- Air or Gas Embolism
- Thermal Burns
- Osteoradionecrosis and Radiation Tissue Damage
- Gas Gangrene
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Certain Types of Brain or Sinus Infections
- Radiation Injury (Damage from radiation therapy for cancer)
- Nonhealing Wounds and Skin Grafts
- Bubbles of Air in Your Blood Vessels
- Decompression Sickness
- Cerebral Palsy
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Heart Disease
- Sports Injury
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is administered in two different types of chambers. Type A is monoplace and is designed to treat a single person. Type B is multiplace and is designed to treat several people at the same time.
How can patients prepare before being treated with HBOT / Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
No skin products, perfumes, wigs, deodorants, or jewelry that are petroleum based and potentially a fire hazard are permitted in the chamber. The doctor needs to know if you are under any medications or non prescription drugs. The patient cannot ingest alcohol or carbonated drinks for four hours before the treatment. However, the technician or member of your health should give you specific instructions prior to the HBOT treatment.
How is HBOT / Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy administered to the patient?
In a multiplace chamber the the oxygen is administered through a mask or close-fitting plastic hood to different patients at the same time. There will be a technician monitoring and assisting the patients with the equipment manipulation or with any emergency.
At a monoplace chamber, the patient will be in a reclining position inside of a clear plastic tube, where they are in constant view and communication with the doctor. Also, the patient is able to rest or watch and listen to movies.
Is HBOT / Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy a safe treatment?
HBOT treatment is performed under medical supervision by a specialist. It is normally a safe procedure, any problem or complication is not common. However, as every medical treatment it has its minors risks.
Could HBOT / Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy present any side effects?
These are some of the side effects of HBOT:
- Temporary Myopia
- Oxygen Toxicity
- You might feel hungry or tired after the treatment but that does not limit normal activities.
- You might feel pressure in your ears while you are inside the chamber but once you are out, they may pop up.
What does the doctor need to know prior treating the patient with HBOT / Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Let the doctor know if you:
- Have any cold, flu symptoms, fever, sinus, nasal congestion or chest congestion
- Are possibly pregnant
- Have been taking any medications or there has been any changes in medication
- Have not eaten before your HBO treatment
- Suffer from diabetes and have not taken your insulin before the treatment
- Are feeling anxious or have any concerns
Is HBOT / Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy able to help with brain injury or a stroke?
The cells in the brain cannot function without the appropriate amount of oxygen. When these cells die for the lack of oxygen or trauma, blood plasma leaks out surrounding the brain tissue causing swelling and reducing the blood flow. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can increment the oxygen carried in the blood plasma, creating oxygen available to heal the capillary walls, preventing plasma leakage and reducing swelling. When the swelling decreases, the blood flow can be restored to the dormant tissue and the cells then have the capacity to work again.
How can HBOT / Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy provide assistant to a child with traumatic brain injury (TBI) or Cerebral palsy (CP)?
The injured brain tissues of the CP and TBI patients might be non-functioning or just “dormant”. With Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy these brain tissues can be stimulated and return them to a more normal state. It is well known that with this treatment, cognitive and spasticity function in young children can be highly improved.
How can patients be referred for HBOT / Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy treatment?
The patient is evaluated by specialists and treated based on their own needs. Usually, patients are accepted either by physician referral or own self-referral.
At Fox Medical Center, we want to take the time to listen, to find the answers and to provide our patients with the best care. If you would like to schedule an appointment or receive more information about this treatment click here to find a location near you.
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