Learn About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a healing treatment that is widely misunderstood and often not properly explained when patients are recommended treatment. At first glance it can seem alien, laying in what looks like a miracle healing pod from your favorite science fiction movie. But the science behind hyperbaric oxygen therapy is pretty easy to understand with a little bit of explanation. This blog will go over the details of the device and how it actually contributes to healing.
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber
To understand hyperbaric oxygen therapy, it is important to first understand the device that administers the therapy. Hyperbaric chambers can take on many different forms, but generally, the patient is placed into a pressurized room or tube that is sealed to allow an increase in atmospheric pressure. At the same time, there is generally some sort of breathing apparatus that allows for pure oxygen to be pumped either directly to the patient or into the chamber itself. There is also a clear acrylic viewing window that allows for doctors or nurses to monitor the patient. What seems complicated is actually a relatively simple design.
How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Works
There are two major factors that impact the healing of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. First, is the control of atmospheric pressure. Generally, the pressure is raised to between two and three times the regular atmospheric pressure. In post-surgery situations, this helps to decrease swelling and bruising, as well as increase the amount of oxygen that can be absorbed compared to breathing oxygen at a normal atmospheric pressure. The second factor to hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the increased oxygen pumped to the breathing apparatus. Oxygen is one of the most powerful healing chemicals available to us. In hyperbaric oxygen therapy, 100% of the “air” pumped to the patient is oxygen. The increased oxygen in conjunction with the high atmospheric pressure work in tandem to allow your body to move much larger amounts of oxygen through your bloodstream and to any wounds.
Patients that use hyperbaric oxygen therapy before and after cosmetic surgery report up to a one-third decrease in healing time, decreased pain, and decreased swelling. Pre and post-op therapy can be a major factor to the success and ease of facial cosmetic surgeries.
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