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Human beings can survive without food for weeks, and without water for days – but only minutes without oxygen.

Oxygen… the Basic of Life

Human beings can survive without food for weeks, and without water for days – but only minutes without oxygen. Oxygen is the basis of life. Used appropriately, it can mean the difference between life and death, coma and mental alertness, paralysis and movement, illness and health.

It has long been understood that healing cannot be achieved without sufficient oxygen levels in the tissues, where most illnesses and injuries occur and often linger. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can provide this oxygen, naturally and virtually risk free.

“The positive powers of hyperbaric oxygen are really a modification of God’s gift to man.” – Dr. Richard A. Neubauer, M.D., Medical Director,Neubauer Hyperbaric Neurologic Center

GENERAL CONDITIONS 

Please note that Neubauer Hyperbaric Neurologic Center specializes in neurological conditions. This list describes the general indications that HBOT is most commonly used for:

Difficult Wounds

The healing of difficult wounds is a major concern in medicine today, both for the debilitating effect they have on the patient, and the expense of traditional therapy. Difficult wounds including decubiti (bed sores), leg ulcers, skin grafts, crush injuries, infected bones, and osteoradionecrosis can develop into chronic conditions requiring costly hospitalization and extensive nursing care, when treated only with conventional medical procedures. These disabling conditions often show remarkable improvement with HBOT.

Burns and Skin Grafts

HBOT can promote wound healing in burn victims by: (a) stimulating collagen production, (b) hastening the elimination of dead tissue, and (c) accelerating the development of new blood vessels (revascularization). When administered in time, HBOT can also save skin grafts due to burns, accidents or surgical procedures that are not taking, by enhancing blood vessel growth to the area. If a large surface of skin needs to be replaced, HBO in advance of the surgery can stimulate a rich vascular bed for the graft.

Infections, Ulcers and Decubiti (Bed Sores)

– Infections: HBOT augments the body’s defense mechanisms to help heal very serious infections that have failed to respond to antibiotics. It is widely recommended for emergency use in treating gangrene infections, to accelerate healing, neutralize lethal toxins, and has helped save many lives.
– Ulcers: Chronic ulcers may result from a lack of blood supply to an extremity due to diabetes, arteriosclerosis and vascular diseases. Unfortunately, conventional medical practice may recommend amputation in cases where HBOT could preserve the limb. With revascularization and increased oxygen, the entire extremity or a greater part of it has often been saved. Venous stasis ulcers caused by lack of blood return from the extremity can also respond favorable to HBOT, even though they may have persisted for decades despite surgical intervention.
– Decubiti: Decubiti, or bed sores, are a major problem in senior or bedridden patients, which can lead to bone erosion. HBOT helps to relieve decubiti and minimize hospitalization.

Sports Injuries

As many of us know, even the most casual of athletes and sports enthusiasts can experience injuries. Via HBOT, additional oxygen reaches damaged bone tissue, and helps to speed the body’s own, natural healing process, thereby reducing recovery times for various soft-tissue injuries and bone fractures. The effectiveness of HBOT in this area has been well documented; in fact, at least twelve professional NBA, NHL, and NFL teams (including the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys) currently own or lease HBOT chambers for treating their players.

How is HBOT administered?

A patient undergoing HBOT spends a prescribed amount of time in one of several types of enclosed delivery units: (1) Monoplace, which are cylindrical, body-length chambers, or (2) Multi-Person Chambers, which can accommodate up to 36 adults. In each type of unit, pure oxygen is administered while atmospheric pressure is increased, and controlled under closely monitored conditions.
HBOT dosage, which is prescribed by the attending physician for each patient’s particular needs, consists of the following measures: (1) Pressure (one to three atmospheres absolute), (2) Duration of each therapy (60-120 minutes), and (3) Frequency of treatments.
Oxygen inhalation treatments are non-invasive and painless, and side effects are rare and minimal. Fewer than 5% report slight discomfort from ear pressure, similar to that experienced during air travel. During treatment, the patient can rest comfortably, listen to music, or watch television.
There is no recovery period with HBOT, so patients can resume their daily activities almost immediately. As overnight stays are not required, all treatment is on an outpatient basis.