Decompression Sickness Treatment
Decompression Sickness Treatment
The FDA has approved hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a treatment for decompression sickness.
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Decompression sickness occurs when people quickly return to a normal altitude from great heights or significant depths. So, it is most often seen in deep sea divers, mountain climbers, miners, and those performing similar activities. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the prescribed treatment for this condition because it can immediately address the associated symptoms.
Decompression sickness allows nitrogen and other gasses to get into the bloodstream. These bubbles of gasses cause dangerous symptoms and significant pain throughout the body, usually referred to as “the bends.” HBOT is the primary treatment for this condition because as the patient breathes 100% pure oxygen at higher pressures than normal, it reduces the bubbles in the blood stream, minimizes any dangerous swelling, and fills the tissues with oxygen.
HBOT is the primary treatment for decompression, but it does require the patient to start the treatment as quickly as possible.
The symptoms of decompression can be life threatening or cause long-term damage, even if the symptoms seem to disappear on their own.
People with decompression sickness may also experience headaches, fatigue, dizziness, ringing in the ears, shortness of breath, and other similar symptoms.
HBOT diffuses inert gasses out of bubbles in tissues and blood, and the oxygen that it is delivered to the tissues throughout the body.
Hyperbaric oxygen can reduce edema, platelet aggregation and other problems that are created by the bubbles in the blood stream.
Additional treatment may be required for any residual issues, until the patient has reached clinical stability.
The cumulative evidence demonstrates the innumerable benefits hyperbaric oxygen therapy can bring to patients undergoing cosmetic surgery.
THE AALTO DIFFERENCE
At Aalto Hyperbaric Medical Group, we value scientific evidence and innovation, so we send our doctors to meetings held by the European Underwater and Baromedical Society, Hyperbaric Medicine International Society, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, and the International Hyperbarics Association every year.
Decompression sickness is caused by bubble formation in the tissues which, in turn, can disrupt the mechanical movements of those tissues, block efficient blood flow, cause capillary leakage, and other problems. 100% oxygen in a hyperbaric tube critical to addressing these problems and correcting the issues.
At Aalto Hyperbaric Medical Group, our specialists can ensure that you get the treatments (especially the potentially life-saving treatments) you need in a safe, high-tech environment. Our cutting-edge machines are reliable and effective, and a member of our staff will always be nearby to answer your questions and monitor your situation.
While the studies on the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy suggest promising results for a variety of medical conditions, individual results may vary. There are no guarantees for a specific outcome. HBOT may not be appropriate for every condition or ever individual.
The content information provided within this site are for educational and informational purposes only and not to be considered as medical advice. Please consult with your treating medical physician before pursuing any form of therapy, including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. In full support of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, off-label Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is considered Investigational and Experimental.
If you are experiencing any kind of medical emergency, always call 911 or your doctor immediately.
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