WHAT IS HBOT?
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
With Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) one breathes 100% oxygen at pressures (baric) greater (hyper) than sea level atmospheric pressure, which enhances the body’s natural-healing process virtually risk free. Hyperbaric Medicine grew out of the problems encountered by divers exposed to high pressures. Hyperbaric Medicine represents an emerging medical specialty whose scientific basis, while supported by over 6,000 studies, continues to be explored. Today, HBOT is approved for use in air embolism, blood loss, bone infections, burns, carbon monoxide poisoning (smoke inhalation), crush injuries, decompression sickness, gangrene, soft tissue infections, intracranial abscess, non-healing wounds, radiation tissue damage, and skin grafts.
Other conditions that show evidence of HBOT value as a treatment include: stroke (cerbrovascular accident), head injury (cerebral edema/coma), cerebral palsy, bone-fracture, acute retinal artery occlusion, migraine & cluster headaches, chronic fatigue-syndrome (CFS), sports injuries, AIDS, sickle cell anemia crisis, acute spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis (MS), Lyme disease, diabetic retinopathy, colitis, diabetic foot ulcers, and plastic/reconstructive surgery (preparation and recovery). While these conditions are-considered off-label indications for HBOT, there is stronger scientific evidence for a-number of these indications than there is for almost half of all the approved indications; nevertheless, because these conditions are off-label, by law no claims can be made.
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Clinic of Sacramento and the Hyperbaric Medical Center of New Mexico is under the supervision and directorship of Kenneth Stoller, MD. He will provide consultation for any indication which HBOT has been shown to benefit. Physician referral is desirable, but no one will be excluded because of lack of physician referral. Patients who seek out HBOT are often facing life-threatening medical problems and have exhausted established medical treatment options, which is why the Hyperbaric Oxygen Clinic of Sacramento and the Hyperbaric Medical Center of New Mexico adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards when using HBOT for new and unapproved medical indications.
We strongly believe it is important to provide hyperbaric therapy on a compassionate basis for unapproved indications, using clear guidelines for specific conditions.
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