Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves breathing 100% oxygen in a sealed chamber. In the chamber, oxygen levels and pressure are higher than normal. This can help improve the flow of blood and oxygen to the body's tissues.
Reasons for Procedure
This procedure has been used to treat many health problems, such as:
An air bubble (embolism) that blocks a blood vessel
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Last Updated: 9/30/2021
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