Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
A revolutionary piece of medical equipment that safely and painlessly delivers healing oxygen to stimulate stem cells and help repair organs, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) delivers a massive influx of oxygen – even to areas with poor blood flow – resulting in remarkable benefits that cannot be achieved with any other therapy. One of the few systems in the state of Florida, St. Francis Animal Hospital’s HBOT involves breathing concentrated oxygen inside a specially designed pressurized chamber. The results are dramatically accelerated healing in spinal cord and brain injuries as well as slow-healing wounds, stubborn infections, burns, pancreatitis and snake and spider bites.
What This Means for Your Pet
This state-of-the-art veterinary equipment allows our skilled staff to expedite healing and handle cases that might otherwise be hopeless. Our commitment to the latest technology also demonstrates how your pet’s health and well-being are a top priority for us.
Length of Treatment
The typical hyperbaric oxygen treatment session lasts one hour. During this time, the patient sits or reclines comfortably in a pressurized hyperbaric chamber while breathing normally. Pressure is slowly returned to normal at the conclusion of the session. Depending on the condition, HBOT treatments may be repeated up to 40 times and given twice daily with minimum 4-hour intervals.
How It Heals
When oxygen is inhaled at normal atmospheric pressure, this gas is transported on hemoglobin in the red blood cells. Under pressure, however, oxygen dissolves in the plasma, cerebrospinal fluid in the brain and spinal cord, lymph, and other body fluids. Thus, it is easily delivered to all tissues, including those with poor blood supply, allowing areas that have been deprived of oxygen its tremendous healing benefits.
Oxygen deprivation due to poor circulation, injury, surgery, and other causes can hinder healing and impair function, which is why HBOT benefits so many diverse conditions including:
- snakebites – See Nettington’s Story
- resistant bone infections
- carbon monoxide poisoning
- severe anemia
- severe gastrointestinal illnesses
- pressure sores and traumatic injuries such as crushing, major vessel tears, swelling
Beyond these listed, new applications continue to be discovered for hyperbaric treatments.
View a list of indications for Hyperbaric medicine.
For more information on HBOT and its advantages please visit www.hvmed.com.