The Hyperbaric Chamber in Las Vegas at Smith Plastic Surgery Institute
As a leader and innovator in the cosmetic and plastic surgery industry, Dr. Lane Smith and Smith Plastic Surgery Institute, located in Las Vegas, Nevada, is proud to announce their latest state-of-the-art patient-based technology, the Hyperbaric Chamber.
Hyperbaric Chambers, also known a Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT, is a medical treatment designed to help increase and boost the natural healing process in patients who have recently undergone surgery.
Many people are familiar with the Hyperbaric Chamber, usually known to treat a condition that can occur with scuba divers, called decompression sickness. The use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy was first used in the early 1900s and became more common among the population when it was used to treat the decompression symptoms.
During these early years, it was determined that the treatments helped improve the natural healing process and its use among and within the medical community grew.
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So, How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?
One method includes the patient receiving treatment inside a clear acrylic chamber or tube, where the patient lying down is asked to breathe in the air inside the chamber as the pressure is gradually increased.
Other modes of treatment include having multiple people within a hyperbaric oxygen room, where oxygen is delivered individually through a mask or lightweight clear hood that is placed over the patient’s head, again, with the pressure gradually being increased.
Because we understand that increasing blood flow to impacted areas of the body helps to increase healing, the Hyperbaric Chamber helps patients heal faster because the chamber allows the control of oxygen and allows for the oxygen to be dissolved in the blood, body fluids, cerebral spinal fluid, bone tissue, and lymph nodes, all important areas to help promote the healing. Oxygen-rich fluids in the body then can travel to areas where blood circulation is blocked.
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HBOT has been used to treat many different medical conditions and injuries that benefit from having an increased level of oxygen in the tissues. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be utilized as a stand-alone treatment or a procedure that can boost the action of the medicine, such as antibiotics.
What Conditions Can HBOT Treat?
- Some of the common uses for HBOT that are often covered by insurance include:
- Arterial gas embolism (air bubbles in the blood vessels)
- Carbon monoxide poisoning (from breathing noxious fumes)
- Cyanide poisoning
- Decompression sickness (a common scuba diving condition, also called “the bends”)
- Specific types of non-healing wounds such as diabetic wounds
- Gas gangrene (fast-spreading gangrene in infected wounds that gives off a foul-smelling gas)
- An intracranial abscess (originating from an ear infection, sinus infection, or another primary source of infection)
- Tissue damage from radiation therapy
- Osteomyelitis (long-term inflammation of bone or bone marrow)
- Compromised skin grafts or flaps
- Severe anemia
- Brain abscess
- Crushing injury
- Sudden deafness
- Sudden, painless vision loss