This article is part of the IBD Index. Last updated on March 14, 2022.
I initially focused on either UC-specific or general IBD evidence, but hope to eventually update this post to include Crohn’s-specific evidence as well.
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves inhaling 100% oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure for a period of time, usually between 30-120 min. This is done either in a single-person pressurized chamber, or in a multi-person room where oxygen is delivered via hoods or masks. Treatments can take place in hospitals or outpatient clinics, or at home with soft hyperbaric oxygen chambers (although the efficacy of soft chambers is debated).
HBOT is most commonly used for refractory wound healing in situations like advanced diabetes, severe burns, and skin grafts, but it’s being investigated for therapeutic potential in a number of different conditions (including IBD!). Few clinical trials have been conducted so far, but the ones that have (plus the documented case studies) are extremely promising (see references below).[Read more…] about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Ulcerative Colitis