Dr. Escribano: “Hyperbaric medicine is effective in diseases that occur with hypoxia”

Dr. Ane Jesús Escribano, an oncologist from La Paz Hospital in Madrid, addresses laSexta’s ‘¿What happens to me, doctor?’ program, what is hyperbaric oxygenation and what are its benefits.

Hyperbaric oxygenation is a non-invasive method based on supplying air and oxygen at 1.45 atmospheres. “Hyperbaric medicine is used in treatments of diseases that occur with hypoxia”.

Thanks to the hyperbaric chamber, the concentration and availability of oxygen in the blood plasma is increased. Hyperbaric oxygenation elevates oxygen in tissues, resulting in significant hyperoxia.

According to Dr. Escribano, the most frequent pathologies in which hyperbaric oxygenation is used are diabetic foot ulcers, phantom limb syndrome and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Likewise, the oncologist from La Paz lists the multiple benefits of hyperbaric medicine: “it reduces inflammations, improves blood circulation and shortens the recovery process in certain diseases. In addition, the hyperbaric chamber produces an improvement for patients with sequelae due to radiation oncology and chemotherapy”.

There is a consensus among the specialists regarding the duration of the sessions: they should last from 60 to 90 minutes in hyperbaric chambers. “The results are greater the longer the treatment is. The higher the environmental pressure, the greater the amount of oxygen that is going to dissolve in plasma and the more easily it will have to reach the hypoxic tissues”, says the doctor.

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