Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, also known as HBOT, is a proven medical procedure that has been in use since 1936, when it was first used to treat deep-sea divers for decompression sickness or “the bends.” Today, HBOT is used to help heal a variety of injuries and conditions by delivering pressurized 100% oxygen directly to the blood cells, plasma, cerebrospinal fluid, bones, and lymph.
It speeds healing, enhances the white blood cells’ ability to fight infections, and promotes development of new capillaries, the tiny blood vessels that connect arteries to veins. HBOT also helps build new connective tissues and can improve organ function.
What to Expect:
You’ll receive HBOT in R3’s private setting with the latest hyperbaric technology. Your treatment will take place in a clear acrylic chamber where you comfortably recline and can view your surroundings at all times. You’ll be able to hear and speak to your treatment team, who will be monitoring you throughout the procedure.
Once you’re in the chamber, we will gradually increase the atmospheric pressure and oxygen level. The treatment is painless, although you may experience a sensation of pressure in your ears, very similar to the sensation you feel in an airplane while descending. During your treatment, which lasts about one and a half to two hours, you can sleep, watch TV, listen to music or just relax.
Conditions treated with HBOT:
- Air or gas embolism
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Gas gangrene
- Crush injury
- Decompression sickness
- Arterial insufficiencies
- Severe anemia
- Intracranial abscess
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Delayed radiation injury
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Thermal burn injury
- Sudden sensorineural hearing loss