What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO)?

Category: Procedures


HBO is a method of administering pure oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure to improve non-healing wounds, Carbon Monoxide poisoning, damage caused by radiation treatments, brain and nerve disorders, cardiovascular disorders; and some digestive system disorders.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 10 6
General health 8 4
Multiple sclerosis 7 2
Fibromyalgia 4 2
Traumatic brain injury 4 0
Parkinson's disease 3 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO)

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 1
Longsightedness 1
Nausea 1
Pain 1
Short term memory problems 1


Based on patients currently having Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO)

Dosage Patients
daily 3
m,w,f 2
weekly 2
four times daily 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 16
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 10
$100-199 0
$50-99 2
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 4
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5 patient evaluations for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO)

Jan 15, 2013 (Started Dec 13, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 5, 2011 (Started Jun 05, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I bought the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber from Oxyhealth in LA, Ca. It comes with a remote so I can operate myself. I am just starting this treatment regularly so I can post the results in 2 months. I am taking this this therapy twice a day. This chamber has a comppressure that creates the pressure like under 10 feet of ocean and there is another unit that turns the regular air to 92% OXYGEN. The idea is you need to breath this oxygen with a mask under the pressurized chamber so that oxygen can reach to every nerve and every cell to the body. This is antiaging. I have bought the chamber as alternate care. The result will be longer than taking medicine. It is a healing procedure not instant fix. I have seen a woman getting cured from cerebal palsey who became able from disable and opened her own business .There was a case study of Hyperbaric oxygen therapy that a man came of his medicine Sinemet after one month's treatment at Merced Universit
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 24, 2009 (Started Jul 06, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Weekly
Advice & Tips: It didn't seem to have any positive effect but took only 7 1-hour treatments over 3 weeks. Coincided with eyesight deterioration - can't be sure if causal or coincidental.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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