hyperbaric oxygen therapy
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy(HBOT) has been used in human medicine for many years to treat a long list of varying conditions. The research is vast and easily crosses over to the veterinary world. In the last decade, due to the demand of owner’s wanting their pets treated with the utmost care and treatments, it has advanced veterinary care as well. Many orthopedic and neurologic problems seen in veterinary medicine can benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Red blood cells carry oxygen to tissues allowing the body to function and heal itself after injuries and/or after a surgical procedure. When vascular supply is compromised after injury or surgery, it slows tissue regeneration and delays healing times.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy allows oxygen’s critical role in healing tissues to be enhanced by delivering oxygen to damaged or healing tissues 3 to 4 times deeper than normally diffused by red blood cells can reach. Resurge Veterinary Surgical Specialists employs a certified veterinary hyperbaric technician to perform treatments. Patients are prepped and carefully placed in our state of the art chamber where they breathe 100% oxygen at higher pressures than normal. Patients are generally brought up to 1.5-2 ATA (Atmospheres Absolute). This is 1.5-2 times the normal atmospheric pressure. Treatment times after getting the patient up to pressure are generally 30-45 minutes depending on the condition being treated and the size of the patient. Most patients do very well during treatments as the technician is able to monitor them through the acrylic chamber. A phone/ speaker system also allows the technician to talk to the patient if they do appear uncomfortable. However, most patients just take a nap, especially after surgery when they are still somewhat groggy from anesthesia.
Dr. Lodato recommends pre and post operative HBOT for wounds, many acute orthopedic problems, and most neurologic conditions. We have a 3 session package that can be added on to surgery when needed. The first treatment is done right before surgery, then the other two are done post-operatively. Single sessions and larger (5-10) packages can also be purchased. Dr. Lodato can help clients decide what’s best for your pet during the initial consultation.
Resurge is the only surgery and rehabilitation hospital to offer HBOT in Louisiana. It is an intricate part of the treatment plan and allows our patients to recover faster. Please contact us if you would like to schedule an appointment for a hyperbaric consultation.