What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) involves elevating oxygen levels in blood and tissues and it provides successful outcomes for many diseases. This evidence-based treatment method is based on making the patient breath 100% -pure- oxygen at intervals at high pressures in a pressurized room and the effectiveness of this method has been shown by many studies.

What Are The Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has various effect mechanisms. As a result of the therapy, oxygen levels in blood and tissues elevate. It has an anti-edema effect. The production of multiple substances that ensure wound healing increases. The therapy supports the cells that are involved in body’s defense mechanism and hinders growth of certain bacteria.  

This method is employed for many disorders including sudden-onset hearing loss, sudden-onset vision loss, avascular necrosis which means the death of bone tissue, non-healing wounds, diabetic foot infections, wounds secondary to occlusion of vessels, burns, skin grafts, wounds caused by radiotherapy. Successful outcomes can be achieved with hyperbaric oxygen therapy also in crush, chop wounds as a result of traffic accidents, home-occupational accidents, and natural disasters such as an earthquake.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy also provides an effective treatment of wounds and tissue losses that are caused by injection botox and fillers for cosmetic purposes and hair transplantation procedure.
Decompression sickness caused by a rapid change of pressure during diving, carbon monoxide poisoning that is generally known as poisoning from heating stove and water heater and anoxic encephalopathy that occurs with lack of oxygen in brain are among the diseases that requires oxygen for treatment.

What Are The Side-Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

The most common side effect during hyperbaric oxygen therapy is barotraumas caused by pressure change. Among these barotraumas, middle ear barotraumas is most frequently seen; however, it generally recovers without any remaining damage. Other side effects such as transient myopia, oxygen toxicity and pneumothorax are rarely seen. The patients are assessed with examinations and necessary tests before the treatment regarding potential side effects. Serious side effects are rare thanks to close monitoring of the patients during the sessions and safe treatment environments.