Hyperbaric 
Medicine

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy consists of increasing the oxygen level in the blood (Hyperoxia). To do this, the patient enters a specially designed and pressurized hyperbaric chamber. There, he breathes high concentrations of O2 at a higher pressure (1.45 ATA) than normal atmospheric pressure (1 ATA).


This generates hyperoxia and triggers different beneficial physiological effects. Among them:
Reduces the problems caused by hypoxia (lack of oxygen)
Reduces inflammation
Promotes tissue regeneration
Has a bactericidal effect
Accelerates recovery processes
Reduces pain

Physiological effects

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy produces hyperoxia. This favors cellular metabolism and allows oxygen to reach the brain, cartilage, bones and affected tissues. Its main effects are:

Non-hypoxemic vasoconstriction

The increase in O2 available in small arteries and capillaries favors vasoconstriction that occurs in healthy tissues and without deterioration of oxygenation. This promotes a redistribution of flow to hypoperfused areas

Stimulation of axonal and peripheral regeneration

The increase in O2 available in small arteries and capillaries favors vasoconstriction that occurs in healthy tissues and without deterioration of oxygenation. This promotes a redistribution of flow to hypoperfused areas

Angiogenesis

The increase in O2 available in small arteries and capillaries favors vasoconstriction that occurs in healthy tissues and without deterioration of oxygenation. This promotes a redistribution of flow to hypoperfused areas

Stimulation of cellular immunity

The increase in O2 available in small arteries and capillaries favors vasoconstriction that occurs in healthy tissues and without deterioration of oxygenation. This promotes a redistribution of flow to hypoperfused areas

Stimulation of collagen synthesis

The increase in O2 available in small arteries and capillaries favors vasoconstriction that occurs in healthy tissues and without deterioration of oxygenation. This promotes a redistribution of flow to hypoperfused areas

Bactericidal activity

The increase in O2 available in small arteries and capillaries favors vasoconstriction that occurs in healthy tissues and without deterioration of oxygenation. This promotes a redistribution of flow to hypoperfused areas

Regulation of oxidative stress and the inflammatory response

The increase in O2 available in small arteries and capillaries favors vasoconstriction that occurs in healthy tissues and without deterioration of oxygenation. This promotes a redistribution of flow to hypoperfused areas

Stimulation of stem cells

The increase in O2 available in small arteries and capillaries favors vasoconstriction that occurs in healthy tissues and without deterioration of oxygenation. This promotes a redistribution of flow to hypoperfused areas

Increases cerebral blood flow and neuroprotection

The increase in O2 available in small arteries and capillaries favors vasoconstriction that occurs in healthy tissues and without deterioration of oxygenation. This promotes a redistribution of flow to hypoperfused areas

Osteogenesis

The increase in O2 available in small arteries and capillaries favors vasoconstriction that occurs in healthy tissues and without deterioration of oxygenation. This promotes a redistribution of flow to hypoperfused areas

Non-hypoxemic vasoconstriction

The increase in O2 available in small arteries and capillaries favors vasoconstriction that occurs in healthy tissues and without deterioration of oxygenation. This promotes a redistribution of flow to hypoperfused areas.

Indications

The indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy are evolving with new evidence from scientific associations and Hyperbaric Medicine societies.

Currently, it is applied when there is hypoxia or lack of oxygen.

Contraindications

Absolute:

‣ Presence of cavities in the lungs: caverns, abscesses, bullae, aerial cysts

‣ Untreated pneumothorax

Relative:

‣ Severe respiratory obstruction to air flow

‣ Unhealed tympanic perforation

‣ Oncology treatment on the same day

‣ Old technology pacemaker

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