Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a technique we have been doing for almost 27 years at McDonagh Medical Center. It is a technique in which we place a patient in a sealed chamber (see picture of a chamber to the right) and increase the pressure to a level that is up to twice the normal atmospheric pressurre. The net effect of this is that we can drive or force oxygen into the liquid part of the blood called the plasma and since this liquid can go farther into an artery and cells than a red blood cell (which usually carries 98% of the bodys oxygen) can go. We can deliver oxygen to once unreached tissues and save them from dying wile we are waiting for the circulation to be restored.
I liken HBOT to Fat Mans Squeeze in a cave. The Fat Man, like the red blood cell, might not be able to fit through a small crevice (like a blocked artery) but he can throw a lot of buckets of water (like the oxygen enriched plasma) to the other side of the crevice
We have written an informative pamphlet entitled, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. If you would like to go to the pamphlet and read about prolotherapy simply click on the book.
On the other hand, if you have questions about HBOT, please scan the questions below and you will be transferred to an area that will provide you with a, sometimes illustrated, answer.
- What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
- What is the History for Using HBOT in Medicine?
- How Does HBOT Work?
- What Does the Doctor Mean when They Prescribe 1 or 2 Atmospheres?
- What Laws of Chemistry Make HBOT Possible?
- What is a Monoplace and Multiplace Chamber?
- Is Oxygen Toxic in these High Doses?
- How Can I Tell if I am a Candidate for HBOT?
- What Conditions Do You Treat with HBOT?
- Do You Use HBOT and Chelation Therapy Together
- Do I Need Tests Before I Can Start HBOT?
- How Does HBOT/Chelation Compare with Surgery in Arteriosclerosis?