Wellness Services

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Struggling with diabetic wounds that won’t heal or caring for a child with autism? Discover the healing potential of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Yanhee Hospital. Our advanced treatments can aid in wound healing and support autism management.

Overview

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) provides you with 100% oxygen (unlike the 21% oxygen found in the air we breathe) in a chamber or compartment with increased pressure.

By inhaling 100% oxygen at elevated pressure (2 to 3 times than normal), 20 times more oxygen will be transported in the blood and delivered to injured organs and tissue. This will lead to accelerated healing along with other beneficial effects.

What conditions can benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Originally, HBO therapy intended to assist a diver who develops decompression sickness from surfacing too quickly. Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy is still the treatment for decompression sickness. However, its beneficial effects on other conditions have been discovered. These conditions include the following:

  • Diabetic foot and leg wounds – The extra oxygen supports the growth of new blood vessels that replace those damaged by radiation injury, soft tissue damage, diabetic ulcers, and chronic non-healing wounds.
  • Carbon monoxide/cyanide poisoning – The extra amounts of oxygen and the elevated pressure force the toxic gasses out of the blood. The speedy removal of the toxins from the blood prevents neurological disorders caused by toxicity.
  • Infections – Bacteria present in wounds and bone can easily kill by the body’s immune system which has been heightened by an increased oxygen concentration in the blood.
  • Other conditions – Our center offers HBO therapy for conditions outside the widely accepted uses. We manage patients with autism, cerebral palsy, and Lyme disease, among others. Athletes trying to speed recovery from injuries are also treated.

How will I feel during Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) therapy is typically pain-free. You’ll lie comfortably in a glass-covered chamber for the duration of the session, which can last from several minutes to a couple of hours.

You may experience a sensation of fullness in your ears at the beginning and end of the treatment as the pressure increases. This feeling is similar to what you might feel when flying in an airplane or diving underwater. Our staff will teach you simple techniques to relieve this pressure and ensure your comfort.

Some patients may feel light-headed after the therapy, but this sensation typically lasts only a few minutes.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required varies based on your specific condition and response to HBO therapy. Emergency conditions may require 1 to 2 treatments in the first week, while long-standing infections and wounds might necessitate 20 to 60 treatments over several weeks.

What is the reason for the number of treatments?

The effects of oxygen on tissue regeneration and blood vessel growth are gradual. Clinical studies have shown that tissues treated with radiation may lose up to 70% of their blood vessels. However, with daily HBO treatments, new microscopic blood vessels begin to grow after 6 to 8 sessions.

The most significant growth occurs between treatments 18 and 23 when the number of blood vessels approaches 80% of normal tissue. For many patients, the results are remarkable, with some feeling as though they never underwent radiation treatment. In diabetic patients, HBO therapy has been shown to significantly reduce the need for lower extremity amputation.

Enhance your healing potential

As with most medical treatments, maintaining good nutrition, proper wound care, and overall health is crucial for achieving complete healing.

However, uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension can offset the effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) therapy, delaying the growth of new blood vessels. Additionally, cigarette smoking reduces the effectiveness of HBO therapy by decreasing the amount of oxygen reaching the body tissues.

While attending every scheduled HBO therapy session is important, it’s crucial to consider your current health condition. Patients experiencing fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or head congestion should consult with our staff before receiving treatment.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Autism

In neurotypical children, increased mental activity triggers a surge in blood flow to the brain, providing essential oxygen and glucose for optimal brain function. However, studies indicate that autistic children often exhibit reduced baseline blood flow to the brain. This means that when their brain is engaged in tasks such as speech or focus, the expected increase in blood flow necessary to supply brain cells with oxygen and glucose does not occur.

This evidence of impaired oxygen delivery is a result of hypoperfusion, or decreased blood flow to the brain. Several studies in the medical literature have demonstrated hypoperfusion in autistic children. Moreover, research suggests that this hypoperfusion tends to worsen with age, becoming more pronounced in older children. The diminished blood flow appears to be closely linked to several core autistic symptoms and behaviors.

Brain Hypoperfusion

Brain hypoperfusion is a critical factor in understanding the neurological underpinnings of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Addressing this hypoperfusion is a key focus of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for autism. By exposing the body to increased pressure and pure oxygen, HBOT aims to enhance blood flow, providing brain cells with the oxygen and energy they need to function optimally.

PRICE AND PACKAGES

Procedure

Price (THB)

1-Hour Session

1,700

2-hour Session

3,200

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