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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The tissues that make up your body require an adequate supply of oxygen to function to its best ability. More oxygen is required when your tissues are damaged or injury occurs.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) assists your tissues in taking in oxygen by situating you within a pressurized chamber. Within this chamber, you will breathe in 100% oxygen as the air pressure is increased two to three times higher, allowing your lungs to gather more oxygen than usual.
What Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Do?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy increases the amount of oxygen that your blood can carry within it. Consistent treatment with scheduled sessions encourages your tissues to raise oxygen levels. It can enhance the function of your tissues and help to fight infections.
Treatment with HBOT
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help treat a range of different conditions and illnesses, such as:
- Air or Gas Embolism
- Severe Anaemia
- Some Brain & Sinus Infections
- Long COVID
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Skin Grafts
- Necrotising Soft Tissue Infections
- Osteomyelitis (Bone Marrow Infections)
- Arterial Insufficiency or Low Artery Blood Flow
- Acute Traumatic Ischemia
- Gas Gangrene
- Radiation Injury (From Cancer Treatment)
- Non-Healing Wounds (e.g. Diabetic Ulcers)
- Sudden Deafness or Vision Loss
- Decompression Illness
- Bell’s Palsy
- Sports-Related Injuries
- Heart Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Cerebral Palsy
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
Decompression Illness (DCI) is a common risk for scuba and deep-sea divers that occurs when air bubbles form and expand in the body. This can be caused by surfacing from the water too quickly, as the pressure from the water rapidly decreases from your body.
Decompression sickness can be life-threatening without treatment please contact the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit at Fiona Standley Hospital.
Undergoing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is relatively simple.
- Dressing in Appropriate Clothing (Medical Gown/Scrubs)
- Lying in Our Sealed Chamber
- Receiving Pressurised Oxygen (Through Mask or Hood)
- During treatment you are required to remove all jewellery
- You are not permitted to bring any devices into the chamber, feel free to bring a book or magazine to read, or just lay back and relax
All sessions are supervised by a trained medical staff. Sessions will take between 30 minutes and 2 hours depending on what the HBOT is treating. Chronic illnesses may have a longer duration.
We encourage relaxation during this process by listening to music or watching television if wanted. Your health and comfort is our priority.
Care During Procedure
After your procedure, we will assess you carefully to ensure your health. Our aftercare procedure for HBOT will include monitoring of blood pressure and ears.
Cellf GP and Wellness Clinic’s Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy procedure is generally safe and complications are rare. As with all medical treatments, there are mild risks involved. There is a chance that the following may occur:
During the HBOT process, you may feel a popping or pressure in your ears. This can usually be solved by yawning or swallowing and is a temporary sensation that will go away.
Post-therapy, you may experience feelings of lightheadedness, fatigue or hunger.