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What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

At Atlanta Hyperbaric Center, we are often asked “What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?” It is a preferred treatment option for what is known as decompression disease, as well as other stubborn medical conditions. For example, this type of oxygen therapy can be used to treat serious blood vessel infections and non-healing wounds. Such wounds can sometimes be as a consequence of other conditions such as diabetes, and radiation injury.  The therapy involves patients inhaling a type of pure oxygen which has been pressurized either in a tube or special chamber.  Medical evidence states that during treatment, the pure oxygen makes its way into the bloodstream; eventually leading to healing of some of the most difficult-to-treat medical conditions.

How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Works

Usually, the air pressure in a chosen room is more than three times the normal air pressure. This forces the lungs to take in more oxygen than usual.  As the oxygen circulates in the bloodstream, it quickly stimulates the body to release certain substances, which include stem cells. These form an active battalion, which quickly fights all harmful bacteria, and also promote all kinds of healing in your body.

Why Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Important?

Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is advocated, simply because oxygen plays a critical role in the overall functioning of the body. Virtually, all the body tissues need sufficient doses of oxygen to function optimally.   In case of an injury on any part of your body, a lot of oxygen is required to promote its faster healing. The treatment increases the amounts of oxygen to address multiple health conditions, which are not responding well to other traditional methods of medical treatment.

Types of Medical Conditions which Could Use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

The list of medical conditions that can benefit from this kind of therapy is inexhaustible. However,  here are  a few examples:

  • – Chronic  anemia
  • – Brain abscess
  • – Decompression disease
  • – Non-healing wounds and gangrene
  • – Injury from radiation

Risks Associated With Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Although it’s a safe and effective mode of treatment, there are a few potential risks attached to it. For example;

  • – Patients might suffer from temporary issues of myopia; it occurs due to specific changes in the eye lens.
  • – Collapsing of lungs because of the typical changes in air pressure.
  • – A patient can suffer from oxygen toxicity which can also lead to seizures as it affects the central nervous system.
  • – Cases of fire can arise due to too much oxygen in the air; so care needs to be taken in such circumstances.

Preparing For Therapy

Since oxygen is such an attraction for fire, you need to take measures and extra care to prevent flames and fire outbreaks from taking place. For instance, ensure that any fire igniters, such as lighters, or even battery-based devices are kept off from the oxygen-filled environment.  Other hazards, which include sources of excess fuel, should also be kept away or limited. You need to carefully follow all the guidelines from your health team before you proceed with the treatment.


The therapy is usually an outpatient procedure. Meaning that its completely safe, and patients do not need any downtime at the hospital. At Atlanta Hyperbaric Center we can assist you in your purchasing decisions regarding a hyperbaric chamber.

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