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Hyperbaric Chamber Benefits

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Hyperbaric Chamber Benefits

Two Bara-Med Select Hyperbaric Chamber side view.
Hyperbaric chamber at North Carolina Hyperbarics.

There are several benefits associated with intermittent exposure to hyperbaric doses of oxygen. Under hyperbaric conditions, tissue levels can exceed 800 mmHg. Either alone, or more commonly combined with other medical and surgical procedures, these mechanisms serve to enhance the healing process of treatable conditions. This treatment will cause the following:

  • An increase in the distance which oxygen diffuses from functional capillaries into hypoperfused wounds. Initially, this provides oxygen to hypoxic tissues; later, this results in angiogenesis, which enables healing in bone and skin grafts, compromised grafts, selected problem wounds, and radiation-induced injuries.
  • Inhibition of microbial growth, deactivation of bacterial toxins, and enhanced white blood cell function in necrotizing infections, osteomyelitis, and soft tissue infections that have not responded to conventional therapies.
  • Early utilization of hyperbaric oxygen reduces the reperfusion injury that is the cause of much of the damage that is associated with an abrupt reduction in blood flow to tissues, most importantly in compromised flaps and grafts.
  • Recent research has demonstrated that hyperbaric oxygen mobilizes stem cells, which then target injured areas. This is an exciting new finding that may have long term implications in wound healing.

The tissues of your body need oxygen to function. This oxygen is usually carried throughout the body by red blood cells. When tissues are injured, they require more oxygen to survive and to heal. Since the amount of oxygen that can be carried by red blood cells is limited, hyperbaric oxygen therapy allows the plasma of your blood to carry the much-needed oxygen to your injured tissues.

By placing the body under pressure while breathing 100% oxygen, the plasma becomes super-saturated with oxygen. The plasma then becomes the conduit for oxygen transport to tissues that are compromised by direct trauma, radiation from cancer therapy, swelling or edema, and diabetic vascular disease, among other causes. Under hyperbaric conditions, tissues become hyperoxic (higher than normal levels of oxygen).

When you are not in the hyperbaric environment, the tissues that are injured are hypoxic (lower than normal levels of oxygen). This large change in tissue oxygen tensions promotes the growth of new blood vessels into these hypoxic tissues, called neovascularization.

 

Looking into a hyperbaric chamber.
  • Increases White Blood Cell Creation
  • Reduces Healing Time for Injured Tissues
  • Stimulates Release of Stem Cells
  • Reduces Body’s Inflammatory Responses
  • Improves Quality of Life in Patients
  • No Downtime after HBOT Chamber Session
  • Most Conditions Covered by Insurance

How a Hyperbaric Chamber Works

Exposure to HBOT also stimulates the release of stem cells from bone marrow. These stem cells target injured tissue and start the repair process. When they target tissues that do not have a good blood supply, they make new blood vessels; this is called vasculogenesis.

White blood cells help to kill bacteria. In order to make superoxide radicals that kill bacteria, large amounts of oxygen are needed. Tissues that do not have a good blood supply cannot provide the levels of oxygen needed for efficient bacterial killing. Hyperbaric oxygen provides the needed oxygen to maximize the effectiveness of the body’s defense mechanism to kill invading bacteria.

Hyperbaric oxygen has also been shown to reduce the body’s inflammatory response. This is vital to the survival of transplanted flaps and skin grafts. When reconstructive surgery is performed.