Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

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Veterinary Specialty Center offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as an adjunct treatment option for our patients! The physiologic effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (“HBOT”) include improved oxygenation, intravascular and tissue gas bubble reduction, vasoconstriction, increased antimicrobial activity, modulation of inflammation, improved immune function, and angiogenesis.

Therapeutic benefits of HBOT include a greatly increased oxygen concentration in all body tissues (even with reduced blood flow), improved healing time of stubborn wounds, stimulated growth of new blood vessels in areas of reduced circulation. It also increases efficiency of white blood cells to kill bacteria and aids in infection control, assists treatment of chronic bone infections (osteomyelitis), reduces swelling (edema), reverses damage to tissues exposed to radiation therapy and reduces effects from toxic exposure of carbon monoxide.

This cat is receiving Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for Pancreatitis.

HBOT can be used as an adjunct therapy for hundreds of conditions, including, but not limited to:

  • Spinal Cord Trauma/Compressive Cord Diseases/IVDD
  • Pre and post-op surgical cases
  • Acute/severe anemia
  • Post cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Fibrocartilagenous emboli
  • Pancreatitis
  • Sepsis/Peritonitis
  • Immune mediated diseases
  • Cerebral Ischemia & Head Trauma
  • Global Ischemia & Trauma
  • Gastric Dilatation Volvulus
  • Aortic Thromboembolism
  • Cortical Blindness
  • Paraparesis/Tetraparesis
  • Peripheral Nerve Disease
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Tendonitis/Periostitis/Osteoradionecrosis
  • Fractures
  • Myositis/Clostridial Myositis/Gas Gangrene/Myonecrosis
  • Crush & Degloving Injuries
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Septic Arthritis
  • Anaerobic Infections
  • Hemorrhagic Hypotension
  • Reperfusion Disease
  • Carbon Monoxide Toxicosis & Smoke Inhalation
  • Wound Complications After Radiation Therapy
  • Non-Healing Wounds

Veterinary Specialty Center - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Complications are rare, but can include:
  • Seizures
  • Ear & sinus barotrauma
  • Pulmonary barotrauma
  • Absolute Contraindications Include:
  • Untreated pneumothorax/pneumomediastinum
  • Medications- Doxorubicin, Cisplatinum, Disulfiram, Mafenide Acetate
Possible/Relative Contraindications Include:
  • High Fever
  • History of Seizures
  • Pacemaker
  • History of recent ear surgery
  • History of recent thoracic surgery
  • Asthma
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Pregnancy
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Emphysema
  • Upper respiratory infections

Our chamber was the first of its kind in Illinois. We are proud to offer such a progressive and advanced treatment modality to our mutual patients!