Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

(Hyperbaric Oxygenation; Hyperbarics; Hyperbaric Medicine; HBOT; HBO2)

Definition

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves breathing 100% oxygen in a sealed chamber. This concentration is 5 times higher than the normal air we breathe. The chamber is also pressurized to create 1.5 to 3 times normal atmospheric pressure. These changes can improve blood circulation and the blood’s ability to deliver oxygen to the body.

Reasons for Procedure

This procedure has been used to treat many health problems, including:
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning
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Possible Complications

Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
  • Mild discomfort
  • Nearsightedness— myopia , which can last for weeks or months
  • Sinus damage, ruptured middle ear, or lung damage
  • Damage to the eardrum (tympanic membrane)
  • Oxygen toxicity, which can cause seizures , fluid in the lungs, or respiratory failure
  • Worsening symptoms or increased risk for lung problems in people with heart failure or lung disease

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