Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
How does it work?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is a medical treatment that enhances the body’s natural healing process by providing patients 100 percent oxygen for breathing in a transparent body chamber. Pressure in the hyperbaric chamber is increased and controlled to help improve oxygen delivery to all tissues in the body. This also helps to reduce swelling, fight infection, build new blood vessels and, ultimately, produce healthy tissue. HBO is for patients with chronic, non-healing wounds who have tried other forms of wound care treatment. HBO is also a treatment option for delayed radiation injuries.
Treating Radiation Injury with HBO
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a treatment option for patients with injuries or conditions following radiation therapy. Although radiation therapy has improved tremendously, tissue surrounding the area that had radiation treatment may be impacted, which can cause new symptoms. It is important to note that radiation injuries are not usually identified by the radiation oncologist because the injury may occur months, sometimes even years after radiation therapy. HBO provides a safe and effective healing option for damaged tissue caused by radiation therapy.