Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: A Hidden Gem for Healing
Modern cancer treatments have been a major advancement in the last 50 years. They save lives and relieve pain, but they also come with long-term side effects like tissue damage or problems functioning certain organs that can last for years after surviving an illness.
This passage clearly explains how people who are diagnosed often still suffer from its consequences even if treatment was successful.
One form of therapy that can alleviate these symptoms and aid patients in healing is hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT. This form of therapy is an evidence-based treatment that is demonstrated to heal and reduce the severity of wounds, infections and late effects of radiation
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT is a treatment that has been shown in many studies and evidence-based programs to heal wounds. The healing rate can range from 85% - 95%.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for many medical conditions, including diabetic foot injuries that won’t heal and late-radiation therapy cases.
Healing in Our Backyard
Patients receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy come five or six days per week for sessions lasting approximately two hours.
How HBOT Works
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy delivers high doses of oxygen to the body through specialized headgear while the patient is inside a pressurized air treatment room. This combination allows the oxygen to dissolve into each patient’s bloodstream, helps reduce swelling, hyper oxygenates tissues and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels. HBOT is adjunctive therapy that must be used as part of a larger healthcare plan to complete treatment. Adding HBOT to a patient’s treatment plan is proven to significantly increase healing when compared to following standard care alone.
HBOT has been known to help women who've had radiation therapy in order remove pain and discomfort, as well heal tissues affected by it. It also helps with breast reconstruction surgery when the patient's abdomen or groins have suffered from prostate cancer treatment side effects like swelling and inflammation.
Patients who have had radiation to the head, neck and chest area are referred to the hyperbaric
oxygen therapy center because they may have trouble eating or swallowing.
We see people who are depressed, even suicidal because their quality of life has been impacted by an injury or dis- order. We help them go from being unable to function at all in some way priorly living with chronic pain and now having the ability after radiation treatment etc.,
Unlike monoplace chambers, in which only one patient can receive treatment at a time, the
multiplace hyperbaric chamber is more comfortable, flexible and spacious.
What to expect in the Chamber
Here’s what happens from the time you arrive at the Hyperbaric center for treatment until the time you leave:
A technician takes your blood pressure and asks a series of questions.
You and your group go to the chamber together.
After you are seated the door will close, and you’ll hear machinery begin to run.
Your ears may pop, the same way they do on an airplane in flight.
A clear plastic hood is placed on your head.
While you breathe 100 percent oxygen, you may watch the movie provided, read or even take a nap.
The treatment lasts about two hours.