Conditions Treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a safe, effective, adjunctive treatment for a myriad of illness and conditions seen in the veterinary field. Our team provides hyperbaric therapy around the clock as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan for our patients. Benefits of HBO therapy include improved healing of wounds/surgical incisions due to bone marrow stimulation/stem cell mobilization, superlative tissue oxygenation, pain management, medication potentiation, bacterial growth inhibition, swelling reduction, and many others. In conjunction with critical care, we see overall response to treatment accelerated, hospitalization time reduced, and patient comfort enhanced.

CNS

  • Cranial/Spinal Cord Trauma
  • Ischemic injuries
  • Compressive Cord Diseases
  • Fibrocartilaginous Emboli
  • Paraparesis/Tetraparesis
  • Peripheral Nerve Disease
  • Post-anesthetic arrest

Musculoskeletal

  • Athletic injury
  • Tendonitis
  • Periostitis
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Fracture/crush injury
  • Myositis (Clostridial, gas gangrene)
  • Myonecrosis

Gastrointestinal Diseases

  • Pancreatitis

Wounds

  • Radiotherapy complications
  • Snake envenomation
  • Thromboembolic events
  • Burns
  • Post-operative Inflammation

Infectious Diseases

  • Osteomyelitis
  • Septic Arthritis
  • Septicemia
  • Endotoxemia
  • Blastomycosia
  • Anaerobic Infections
  • Medication potentiation

Cardiovascular

  • Cardiac infarction/saddle thrombus
  • Acute Anemia
  • Reperfusion injury
  • Smoke inhalation (burns)
  • Carbon Monoxide Toxicosis

Immune System

  • IMHA
  • ITP
  • Evans
  • Chemotherapy complications

Contraindications to Consider with HBOT

Absolute

  • Pneumothorax
  • Pulmonary Bulla
  • Emphysema
  • Unconscious Patients

Relative


Patient risk should be assessed if they are currently or have recently taken any of the following medications:

  • Doxorubicin (Adriamycin) – cardiotoxicity may occur
  • Cisplatinum – wound healing may be impaired
  • Disulfiram (Antabuse) – blocks the production of superoxide dismutase, which protects against
  • Mafenide acetate (Sulfamylon) – wounds healing may be impaired

* Active Cancerous Condition – Two systemic reviews on HBO and cancer have concluded that the use of HBO in patients with malignancies is considered safe. Based on the present as well as previous reviews, there is no evidence indicating that HBO neither acts as a stimulator of tumor growth nor as an enhancer of recurrence. On the other hand, there is evidence that implies that HBO might have tumor-inhibitory effects in certain cancer subtypes, and we thus strongly believe that we need to expand our knowledge on the effect and the mechanisms behind tumor oxygenation. (Moen and Stuhr, Hyperbaric oxygen therapy and cancer – a review; Targ Oncol (2012) 7:233-242)

* Asthma

* Chronic Sinusitis

* Congenital Spherocytosis

* Fever

* Chronic aural infection/hx aural sx

* Seizure hx

* Optic Neuritis

* Pacemaker

* Pregnancy

* Thoracic sx

* Upper respiratory infections

Drug Interactions with HBOT


* Steroids: high doses predispose to O2 toxicity

* Narcotics: respiratory suppression

* Insulin: hypoglycemia

* Some chemotherapeutics: toxicity