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14 FDA-Approved Uses for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Available at Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy at Encompass HealthCare

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy at Encompass HealthCare

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is available inside of our office, located in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is breathing 100% oxygen while under pressure and fully enclosed in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber.

Currently, there are 14 medical conditions approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment with HBOT. They are: 

  • Air or Gas Embolism: An air or gas embolism is when air gets into the arteries either by diving or an invasive medical procedure that punctures an artery or lung.
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Decompression Sickness: This is brought on when a diver ascends too quickly and does not allow the oxygen in the body to expand at a safe rate.
  • Gas Gangrene: Rapidly developing muscle tissue loss due to flesh-eating bacteria.
  • Crush Injury, Compartment Syndrome, and Other Acute Traumatic Ischemia
    • Crush Injury: An acute extremity crush injury caused by heavy equipment. This is an acute intervention used within the first 72 hours of trauma prevents limb loss.
    • Compartment Syndrome: Following traumatic injury, the trauma causes severe high pressure in the muscle compartment resulting in insufficient blood supply to the muscles and nerves.
    • Acute Traumatic Ischemia: Trauma-induced, sudden loss of blood supply to tissues.
  • Arterial Insufficiencies: When arteries are insufficient to carry blood to the affected site including the eyes and selected non-healing wounds.
  • Severe Anemia: Any acute, severe blood loss from a wound or severe trauma.
  • Intracranial Abscess: These abscesses of the brain are common in patients with abnormal immune systems.
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections caused by flesh-eating bacteria.
  • Osteomyelitis (Refractory): Chronic bone infections that resist standard treatment.
  • Delayed Radiation Injury (Soft Tissue and Bony Necrosis): Radiation damages blood vessels and soft tissue surrounding the original target of radiation.
  • Compromised Skin Grafts and Flaps: Grafts and flaps of skin and other tissue (cartilage, bone, fat) are used in reconstructive surgery. In some cases, blood supply to the graft or flap is compromised, causing complications.
  • Thermal Burn Injury
  • Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss: This is the latest approved indication added and is defined as a hearing loss of at least 30 dB over at least three contiguous frequencies, occurring within three days.

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