How Does HBOT/Chelation Compare with Surgery in Arteriosclerosis?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is employed by metabolic physicians primarily for the treatment of atherosclerosis and related disease conditions, i.e., senility, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and heart disease. The question is frequently raised as to whether or not there are other forms of treatment for these disorders. In some cases - yes. In other cases, such as senility involving cerebral vascular insufficiency, there is no treatment generally practiced today in the United States that offers as much promise as the combined chelation-hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In the case of atherosclerotic involvement of the coronary, carotid, femoral and some of the other larger vessels, surgery has been used with varying degrees of success. This procedure involves surgical excision or stripping of the atheromatous intimal lining of some of the larger arteries. By-pass surgery can sometimes be performed on the heart by creating a new vascular blood supply in order to circumvent a constricted or blocked coronary artery. Similar procedures have been used in the femoral arteries in the legs. If there is a severe localized blockage of a major artery, surgery may be the treatment of choice. Surgical procedures may also be needed in some cases for conditions which are unresponsive to chelation-hyperbaric therapy. However, if there is a generalized atherosclerotic condition, surgery may be only a temporary palliative measure. It should be kept in mind that surgery is only effective in those specific sites which are reached by the surgeon's knife. The surgeon's treatment extends no further. Chelation-hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves the entire body, including such areas as the brain, which cannot be surgically repaired.

Finally, chelation-hyperbaric oxygen therapy is generally safer than surgery, less expensive, and a more rational approach, since it promotes the health of the entire circulatory system, whereas surgery is limited to a single segment of the arterial system.

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