Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
We are proud to introduce HBOT into our Regenerative Medicine Practice!
Dr Jay has recently acquired the Vitaeris 320 from OxyHealth
What is HBOT?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the medical use of oxygen in a pressurized environment, at a level higher than 1 atmosphere absolute (ATA). Increased pressure allows for oxygen to dissolve and saturate the blood plasma (independent of hemoglobin/red blood cells), which yields a broad variety of positive physiological, biochemical and cellular effects. This noninvasive therapy is the most trusted way to increase oxygen levels to all organs of the body. The typical treatment lasts for 60-90 minutes, during which the patient lies down and breathes normally.
HBOT has been demonstrated in several clinical studies to enhance the body’s innate ability to repair and regenerate. It is used as an adjunct therapy to complement and enhance the healing process in both chronic and acute conditions.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment that can be traced back to the 1600’s. In 1662, the first renowned chamber was built and operated by a British clergyman named Henshaw. He erected a structure titled, the Domicilium, that was used to treat a variety of conditions. In 1878, Paul Bert, a French physiologist, discovered the link between decompression sickness and nitrogen bubbles. Bert later identified that the pain could be ameliorated with recompression. The concept of treating patients under pressurized conditions was continued by the French surgeon Fontaine, who later built a pressurized mobile operating room in 1879. Fontaine found that inhaled nitrous oxide had a greater potency under pressure, in addition to his patients having improved oxygenation.
In the early 1900’s Dr. Orville Cunningham, a professor of anesthesia, observed that people with particular heart diseases improved better when they lived closer to sea level than those living at higher altitudes. He treated a colleague who was suffering from influenza and was near death due to lung restriction. His resounding success led him to develop what was known as the “Steel Ball Hospital” located along the shore of Lake Erie. The six story structure was erected in 1928 and was 64 feet in diameter. The hospital could reach 3 atmospheres absolute. Unfortunately, due to the depressed financial status of the economy, it was deconstructed during in 1942 for scrap.
Subsequently, hyperbaric chambers were later developed by the military in the 1940’s to treat deep-sea divers who suffered from decompression sickness. In the 1950’s, physicians first employed HBOT during heart and lung surgery, which led to its use for carbon monoxide poisoning in the 1960’s. Since then, over 10,000 clinical trials and case studies have been completed for numerous other health-related applications with the vast majority of results reporting resounding success.
Head Injury and Concussions
After a mild/moderate traumatic brain injury, there is swelling in the brain. This swelling decreases blood flow to the surrounding tissue and causes the symptoms of concussion including headaches, confusion, nausea, light and noise irritation, etc.
Hyperbaric chambers have demonstrated that they enhance the recovery from TBI by reducing hypoxia and neuro-inflammation, while increasing perfusion of oxygen to damaged brain tissue. This increases the rate of recovery and return to normal
HBOT has been shown to help combat degenerative conditions by contributing to the regeneration of tissue and blood vessels. HBOT stimulates angiogenesis in areas of the body where circulation is compromised. In addition, HBOT promotes collagen activation to help battle the signs of agin including reducing skin damage and maintaining elasticity!
Dr Jay will be making HBOT available to all of the clients getting injectable fillers to help reduce swelling after the procedure
Sports & Injury Recovery
HBOT has been shown to significantly reduce inflammation and ameliorate pain. It promotes fibroblast and collagen activity to accelerate and enhance healing from surgeries to wounds. In addition, the collagen formed under pressure is type IV, much stronger than that formed initially without it. Stem cell production is also enhanced increasing the healing process. HBOT is currently used by the US Olympic Teams to treat sports-related injuries.
Dr Jay can help you after your injuries to recover faster and prevent re-injury using the mild hyperbaric pressures. Consider getting treatments both before and after your surgery to boost your recovery!
Improve Blood flow
If your blood vessels are narrowed due to inflammation of surrounding tissue after an injury or from vascular disease, HBOT can improve oxygenation of the surrounding tissue. The increased pressure in the chamber drives oxygen not only to fill up all of the red blood cells, but super-saturates the serum. This extra oxygen is then available to diffuse farther into the tissues than normal and can improve. oxygen delivery to injured areas of our brain, lungs, intestines, organs and extremities.
Come get a treatment and experience the improvement in your tissues with improved oxygenation!