How can HBOT speed up the healing process of injuries?
Tissue lesions have shown significant improvement after hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), especially those wounds that have a high difficulty healing or a high risk of infection.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), is a treatment used in animals and humans clinical medicine that involves subjecting the individual to higher partial oxygen pressures (about 100 percent), within a special chamber. Much more than in atmospheric conditions.
Fundamentally, the use of 100 percent oxygen has proven to be effective in accelerating and optimizing wound healing and almost any type of skin injury, promoting tissue repair, cell renewal and facilitating the action of the system immune system (which defends us from external pathogens and prevents infections).
Over the years, the possible applications of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) have become broader.
There are tissue lesions that have shown significant improvement after treatment with HBOT.
Especially those wounds that have a high difficulty healing or that have a high risk of infection.
Healing is a physiological process of tissue repair that benefits from HBOT. This can greatly help individuals who have undergone surgery and who require rapid healing of surgical wounds.
This occurs when bacteria like clostridium invade the skin, through a wound or any superficial skin lesion, but are then able to pass through the deeper layers of the skin until it reaches muscle tissue.
In muscle, the pathogenic microorganism can proliferate and produce large and serious injuries. This can be life-threatening if not treated on time.
Veterinarians who have implemented this treatment in animals (pets, horses or farm animals) have been able to demonstrate a much faster and more effective cure.
Crush injuries are very common and represent one of the most common injuries in veterinary medicine.
High oxygen levels found in hyperbaric oxygen therapy can speed up the process of repairing bone fractures.
Bone fractures and other crush injuries are fairly common injuries. Most are mild, but they can be serious. High oxygen levels can help promote bone tissue repair through the stimulation of type I collagen fibers and the new calcium phosphate deposit, the necessary "materials".
Gas gangrene is a severe injury that can endanger the animal's life, consisting of diffuse infiltration of gram-negative bacteria within tissues. It is usually severe and difficult to treat. However, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can help the treatment of gangrene because the bacteria that cause this injury are susceptible to oxygen.
This treatment is especially useful when combined with antibiotics.
HBOT produces pre-capillary vasoconstriction. Burn wounds typically have a central zone of coagulation surrounded by a zone of stasis, in turn, surrounded by a zone of hyperemia. HBOT has been noted to reduce the capillary stasis in the zone of stasis and reduce the size increase of the zone of coagulation as occurs in burns.
Patients with second/third-degree burns should start the first HBOT session within 6 h of the burn injury, followed by two sessions per day.
What are the advantages of HBOT?
- It does not require extensive pre-preparation.
- It's a non-invasive procedure.
- Sessions usually don’t last long (an average of 60 minutes).
- Anesthetics are not required.
- Your pet can return home after each session.
- The probability of damage or side effects is very low (high safety).
Hyperbaric therapy (HBOT) involves subjecting the animal to high oxygen levels, inside a cavity specially designed for this purpose.
This treatment is performed in different sessions, with varying duration, and with some frequency. The number of sessions may vary depending on the degree of injury (larger injuries require more lasting sessions). The person in charge of executing the procedure must be qualified. Generally, he is a veterinarian who has received technical training in the management of hyperbaric oxygen chambers.