THE GOAL OF HBOT is to increase oxygen levels in the blood and all other tissues of the patient’s body so it can trigger the generation of molecules and other compounds that promote healing and assist in treating various diseases.
The human body requires a certain amount of oxygen to function. Typically, oxygen in the air, which is about 21%, is sufficient for survival. However, more oxygen is helpful to the tissues when the body is injured or falls ill.
Breathing in oxygen at room air is not enough for the body to trigger a fast healing process and assist in treating diseases. Therefore, HBOT increases the percentage of oxygen through a hyperbaric chamber to 99% to ensure that more blood cells and tissues are exposed to oxygen and its beneficial effects.
HBOT is generally a safe procedure with very few side effects. However, this treatment does have some risks if not implemented as recommended. These risks include:
However, serious side effects due to HBOT appear to be extremely rare. Currently, there has not been enough evidence showing that HBOT directly affects the patient’s overall health in the long term or causes irreversible side effects.
You will receive instructions from your healthcare provider before an HBOT procedure. A gown will be provided for you to wear during the treatment. Items that generate heat, such as battery-powered devices, are not allowed. Petroleum-based hair and skin care products may also need to be removed because they pose a fire risk.
HBOT lasts about two hours in most conditions. Your healthcare provider will keep an eye on you the whole time to ensure that there will be no problem as the procedure proceeds.
During an HBOT procedure, the air pressure you breathe is about 3 times higher than usual. As a result, your ears will experience a temporary feeling of fullness due to this. You might experience something like this while flying or at a high altitude.
After an HBOT procedure, your healthcare provider will check if you get any side effects by looking into your ears and eyes and measuring your blood pressure. Once the checking is complete, you can leave immediately.
HBOT requires multiple sessions to be effective, depending on your condition. For example, three visits may be necessary for carbon monoxide poisoning. Others, such as wounds that do not heal, may need more than that. The healing rate varies between 85% and 95% in patients who follow their physician’s course of treatment.