Hyperbaric oxygen therapy requires more than one session in order to be effective. Your medical condition will determine the number of sessions you require. Conditions such as carbon monoxide poisoning may be treated in as few as three visits while non-healing wounds, for example, may require 25 to 30 treatments.
HBOT can be utilized as an independent treatment or as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that is administered in conjunction with additional therapies and medications. Your physician will determine this based on your particular condition.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been proven effective for all FDA-approved conditions. For example, in patients with anemia, HBOT is able to push enough oxygen into blood plasma to reach vital organs and tissues. As a treatment for air or gas embolism, the increased atmospheric pressure in HBOT reduces the size of bubbles, helping them dissolve into the bloodstream. HBOT helps heal chronic wounds by improving blood circulation, encouraging the formation of new capillary blood vessels, supplying more oxygen to tissue, killing anaerobic bacteria, and stimulating the growth and distribution of stem cells.
There is some research that supports the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a treatment for off-label conditions that have not been approved by the FDA. However, until more research is done, there is no proof of their effectiveness.