Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) delivers a high dose of oxygen that is inhaled by the patient while in a pressurized chamber. This therapy is becoming more commonly used as part of a primary treatment and an adjunctive treatment in the veterinary world. It has been used in human medicine for decades to treat conditions from wounds to radiation injury to decompression sickness in scuba divers.
During treatment increased amounts of oxygen are dissolved in the plasma (as opposed to carried by hemoglobin) and carried to the tissues in the body. This effect, along with increased pressure, then causes higher oxygen tensions through the vasculature resulting in oxygen being delivered even further into distal tissues. The therapeutic effects of HBOT go beyond higher oxygen levels in the body.