HBOT for Spinal Cord Injury
In cases of spinal cord surgery, HBOT is both a management modality and a useful predictor of the expected surgical outcome. The degree of pre-surgical improvement from HBOT is a useful predictor of the expected surgical outcome.
Following a cord injury, HBOT can help to identify the injured but not dead issue. The greatest benefit in HBOT occurs in patients with a partial injury to the spinal cord. Success is much less likely in situations of complete severance of the spinal cord. The injuries that are particularly helped are the ones where edema is present, or where stretching of the cord is the underlying cause in addition to cases in which partial severance of the cord exists. Also, the best results are obtained when the delay time between injury and HBOT is shortened.