Understanding Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy



In hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), the patient is placed in a special chamber where he or she is able to breathe in oxygen at a much higher atmospheric pressure. This form of treatment allows for more effective delivery of oxygen throughout the body, which in turn turbo-charges the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

Here’s a breakdown of how the HBOT process works:

  • The patient lies down or sits comfortably in one of our FDA 510(k) Clearance treatment systems.
  • While in the system, the patient breathes in pure oxygen that has a higher level of atmosphere pressure (usually 2 to 3 times higher).
  • Because of the higher pressure, the oxygen is dissolved into all of the fluids in the body instead of just the hemoglobin in the red blood cells. These fluids include the cerebrospinal fluid, plasma, and lymph.
  • A higher level of oxygen is delivered to all of the tissues in the body — as much as 15 times more oxygen than usual. Because the delivery occurs through additional fluids, even areas with poor blood flow are able to receive oxygen.

HBOT sessions usually last about an hour. You can receive your treatment while doing something relaxing, such as listening to music, reading, or watching a movie. Patients usually need anywhere from 5 to 40 HBOT sessions.

We’ll Create a Customized Treatment Plan Based on Your Needs!

When you come to the Hyperbaric Oxygen Institute, we will discuss you treatment needs with your doctor so we can provide you with a customized treatment plan that is most effective for your healing. If you would like to learn more about what HBOT can do for you, come to one of our treatment centers for a free consultation!

To schedule an appointment, call us at (949) 328-4268. We offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy in San Diego and Orange County.