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What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a revolutionary treatment that involves breathing in a high concentration of oxygen within a pressurized chamber. This non-invasive and pain-free therapy activates the body’s inherent healing mechanisms by increasing oxygen delivery to compromised tissues. Led by Dr. Hajhosseini, Wound and Burn Centers of America utilizes exclusive state-of-the-art monoplace chambers to provide safe, personalized, and highly efficient HBOT tailored to each individual’s specific needs.

Advantages of Our Chambers Over Other Common Types

  • Multiplace (Multiple-Occupant) chambers are designed to accommodate multiple individuals simultaneously. However, they are considered outdated due to inherent limitations, such as operational challenges, reduced efficacy, and privacy concerns.
  • Monoplace (Single-Occupant) chambers are designed to accommodate one individual at a time, providing a personalized therapy with enhanced privacy, however similar to multi-place chambers, the majority of Monoplace chambers too rely on external oxygen storage units to operate making them prone to associated safety risks.

Wound and Burn Centers of America utilizes exclusive state-of-the-art monoplace chambers for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. These unique chambers are created for their ability to provide safe, personalized, highly efficient, and private therapy tailored to the specific needs of each individual patient, ensuring optimal treatment outcomes.

How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Promotes Wound Healing:

  • Boosts the body’s healing capabilities by increasing oxygen delivery to compromised tissues.
  • Activates fibroblasts and induces collagen production.
  • Stimulates anti-inflammatory defense systems to reduce inflammation and swelling (edema).
  • Stimulates neovascularization (formation of new blood vessels).
  • Stimulates the production of growth factors, which play a vital role in wound healing.
  • Blocks the action of harmful bacteria and strengthens the immune system.
  • Enhances the ability of white blood cells to fight off infections.
  • Potentiates the effects of antibiotics.
  • Increases the migration of stem cells to the site of injury, supporting tissue regeneration.
  • Regulates the activities of osteoblasts and osteoclasts to stimulate bone regeneration.
  • Enhances antioxidant response by stimulating the production of natural enzymes and scavengers, aiding in the removal of inflammation byproducts and free radicals.

Your Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Session

During your HBOT session, you will enter a special sealed chamber and breathe in a high concentration of oxygen at a level of air pressure higher than atmospheric pressure. You will lie comfortably and take deep breaths while the therapy takes place. During your therapy session you can watch your favorite news or TV show, listen to music or even take a nap.

The duration of each HBOT session ranges from 60 to 180 minutes, depending on the specific treatment requirements. As the pressure inside the chamber is raised, you may feel a sensation of your ears being plugged, similar to what you experience during air travel or in mountainous regions. Swallowing or chewing gum can help equalize the pressure and alleviate discomfort.

The extra oxygen you breathe in during the session gets carried by your blood throughout your body, infusing the injured tissues. This triggers the healing process and aids in restoring normal function. After a treatment session, you may experience temporary lightheadedness, fatigue, or headaches, although these occurrences are rare. It is advisable to have someone drive you home after the treatment. Multiple sessions may be necessary for optimal healing outcomes.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy FAQs

Who should not receive the treatment?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is contraindicated in cases of untreated pneumothorax, where there is an abnormal collection of air outside the lung in the space between the lung and chest wall. Additional caution should be exercised for individuals who have recently undergone ear surgery or experienced ear injuries, those with upper respiratory or sinus infections, uncontrolled fever, or certain types of lung diseases. Please consult our healthcare providers to determine the suitability of HBOT based on your medical conditions and history.

What are the possible side effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is generally safe and well tolerated, with most side effects being mild and reversible. However, in rare cases, severe consequences can occur. The most common side effect is injury to the middle ear, which has an incidence of approximately 1 to 2%. It’s important to note that other potential complications, such as eye damage, lung collapse, oxygen poisoning, and seizure, are extremely rare.

What do I need to know about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

It is ideal to seek Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy from a board-certified wound healing specialist who has received proper training and is licensed by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society. While many hospitals and wound clinics in the United States claim to offer HBOT, many providers lack adequate training or utilize multiplace or outdated monoplace chambers. Therefore, it is crucial to inquire about the equipment being used and the training background of your physician provider to ensure you receive the highest standard of care.

Why Choose Wound and Burn Centers of
America for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Wound and Burn Centers of America is the premier choice for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). Led by the esteemed Dr. Babak Hajhosseini, a world-renowned wound healing specialist, our center offers cutting-edge HBOT solutions utilizing state-of-the-art monoplace chambers. We have not only mastered the use of this innovative therapy but have set new standards in the field. By conducting pioneer work over the years to research HBOT’s mechanisms and their clinical applications in action, we have gained invaluable insight which continues to benefit patients around the globe. Experience the power of HBOT and schedule an appointment to embark on your journey toward accelerated healing.

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