What is HBO Therapy?
How does HBOT work?
The patient is kept in a transparent monoplace or multiplace chamber. A monoplace chamber is used to treat a single patient and is surrounded with 100% oxygen. A multiplace chamber is designed to fit several patients at the same time, and the oxygen is delivered using a mask or hood to the patient, who can either sit or lie in this chamber.
In a normal human body, only the red blood corpuscles perform the task of circulating oxygen throughout the body cells. Using HBOT, oxygen gets dissolved in multiple body parts including the body fluids, plasma, and the central nervous system fluids. This improves the circulation of healthy oxygen to body areas where the circulation is limited or damaged, thus enhancing the natural healing process of the body.
An increased supply of oxygen produces the following benefits:
- Shrinking of the blood vessels, thus reducing the amount of edema.
- Restores normal cell growth.
- Rebuilds the skin, bone, and muscle.
- Healing of the capillaries
- Reduction in the fluid leakage
- Enhances the ability of the white blood corpuscles to destroy harmful bacteria.
- Growth of new blood vessels
Is it safe? What about the bends?
Can the parent accompany the child into the chamber?
Are there any restrictions on who can take part in the therapy?
- Doxorubicin (or Adriamycin), a chemotherapeutic drug that can cause cytotoxicity during HBO therapy.
- Cisplatin, another chemotherapeutic drug.
- Disulfiram (or Antabuse), used in the treatment of alcoholism.
- Mafenide acetate (or Sulfamylon), which suppresses bacterial infections in burn wounds.
Patients with a history of the following conditions, must be consulted by specialist before any HBO therapy:
- Cardiac heart conditions
- Upper respiratory infections, as this condition can lead to ear or sinus problems during therapy.
- High fever, in which case the fever must be lowered before the therapy.
- Emphysema, which can lead to pneumothorax during HBO therapy.
- Previously undergone chest surgeries.
- Malignant diseases such as cancer, as cancer cells can thrive in oxygen-rich blood flows.
- Barotrauma in the middle ear.
What can’t be taken in?
What can be taken in?
How long does each session take?
Therapeutic Effects of HBO Therapy
- Air or gas embolism
- Poisoning from carbon monoxide
- Central retinal artery occlusion
- Intracranial abscess
- Sickness due to decompression
- Diabetic foot wounds
- Anaemia or excess blood loss
- Gas gangrene
- Thermal burns
- Osteoradionecrosis and Radiation Tissue Damage
- Osteomyelitis (Refractory)
- Skin grafts and flaps
- Spinal cord injury
- Radiation tissue damage
HBOT can also be effective in the following conditions, which are not covered under any health insurance in India:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Sport injuries
- Brain trauma injury
Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy in India
There are a number of established hyperbaric oxygen therapy centres operating now in India. Based in Delhi, Clinicounselors provides an established team of doctors and medical counsellors attached to a wide range of hospitals. This team is best qualified to recommend to their patients the best suited treatment options including Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy and Stem cell therapy. The medical professionals in Clinicounselors are also particularly focussed on recommending the right hyperbaric oxygen therapy for autism cases in India.