Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Breath of Life, Breath of Hope
Medical science has long recognized that oxygen is necessary for life and for proper healing. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) applies this knowledge in a unique treatment that harnesses the power of oxygen to stimulate the body’s own natural healing ability.
At Desert Oasis Clinic, we began offering HBOT in 2001 as the first “free-standing” or non-hospital affiliated HBOT facility in Southern Nevada. Dr. John A. Thompson’s interest in HBOT began during his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, where he was responsible for helping patients recover from brain injuries such as stroke and closed head injury. He learned of the work of HBOT pioneer Richard A. Neubauer and the benefit of providing oxygen to damaged brain tissue. Dr. Thompson met Dr. Neubauer, who later became a great source of encouragement and support in helping us establish HBOT at Desert Oasis Clinic.
How Does HBOT Work?
“Hyper” means increased and “baric” means pressure. During HBOT the client breathes 100% medical grade oxygen in a specially designed chamber under increased atmospheric pressure. The entire body is super-saturated with healing, life-giving oxygen. Blood oxygen levels increases 10 to 15 times higher than normal. Oxygen is infused into all other body fluids and tissues as well, including the brain, bone marrow and lymph.
Worldwide research confirms that HBOT provides the following benefits:
- Promotes the growth of new blood vessels
- Regenerates diseased or damaged tissue
- Helps the body fight infections
- Stimulates nerve and brain cell recovery
- Reduces fatigue from chronic conditions
- Neutralizes & detoxifies toxic substances
- Speeds recovery from surgical procedures including plastic and elective surgeries.
Conditions Treated by HBOT
HBOT is not new. It has been used over the past century primarily to treat divers stricken with decompression illness (the bends). Modern medicine has expanded the use of HBOT to other conditions which are caused or complicated by hypoxia (insufficient oxygen). In most cases it is used as an adjunctive therapy in an overall medical treatment protocol.
“Indicated” Conditions: HBOT has been approved by the FDA and may be reimbursed by Medicare and some insurance companies for these diagnoses:
- Non-healing or problem wounds
- Air or gas embolism
- Exceptional blood loss anemia
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Thermal burns
- Gas gangrene
- Crush injuries and limb salvage
- Osteomyelitis (bone infection)
- Intracranial abscess
- Radiation tissue necrosis
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Necrotizing soft-tissue infections
- Peripheral arterial insufficiency
“Investigational” Conditions: A growing number of physicians are also achieving success with HBOT for conditions that are classified as “experimental” or “investigational.” At Desert Oasis Clinic, we treat these as well.
- Post-stroke rehabilitation
- Cerebral Palsy
- Traumatic brain injury
- Near drowning
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy
- Non-union of bone fractures
- Sports injuries
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Post-traumatic injury
- …And many more
What are treatments like?
HBOT is safe, painless and non-invasive. We use a large monoplace (one person) chamber with almost 360 degree visibility. You will lie down comfortably in the chamber while the atmospheric pressure is gradually increased. The only discomfort you may experience is a sensation of popping or fullness in the ears as the pressure changes. During the treatment you can relax, listen to music, sleep and even watch TV. A technician will be in the room at all times.
Treatments generally last from 1-2 hours, depending on the condition being treated. The number of treatments needed for significant benefit also varies. For example, post-cosmetic surgery patients only need 3-5 treatments. We recommend starting with 20 treatments for neurological conditions such as stroke, head injury, or cerebral palsy.
Please note that a consultation with the doctor is required before starting HBOT.
Traditional Hard Chambers vs. Soft or “Mild” Hyperbaric Chambers
You may have heard of the soft or “mild” inflatable bag hyperbaric chambers. At Desert Oasis Clinic we have only ever used traditional hard HBOT chambers. Why? By design, hard chambers can achieve far greater levels of atmospheric pressure increases. Also, 100% oxygen can only be used with hard chambers. In fact, 100% medical grade oxygen is classified in the U.S. as a drug, and only fully licensed physicians (M.D.’s & D.O.’s) can use it. Finally, the vast majority of medical research showing the benefits of HBOT has been done using hard chambers. For these reasons we believe the traditional hard chambers are the most efficacious for our clients.
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