August 2016 - Welcome To the “O” Zone
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Sunday, 31 July 2016 18:13
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San Luis Rey Equine Hospital partners with Mobile Equine Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

San Luis Rey Equine Hospital, one of the premier, full­ service equine hospitals in the United States, has joined forces with Mobile Equine Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, which has relocated its operations to SLREH’s facility in San Diego County’s Bonsall.

MEHOT is a provider of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. HBOT is a non-­invasive, drug­-free adjunctive therapy that can expedite healing and return horses to optimal health and performance, whether treating minor or more significant injuries, or simply to promote recovery from competition or training.

Since its founding in 1971, SLREH has pioneered advances in equine veterinary medicine. A full service facility, the hospital provides state-of-the-art diagnostics, in addition to lameness, sports medicine, internal medicine, and surgical care to horses from around the country 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. The hospital is recognized for being a leader in equine abdominal surgery, advanced ​imaging modalities, and innovative surgical techniques. Recently, they have become one of two equine hospitals in the U.S to perform standing skull computed tomography. SLREH’s CT scanner has capabilities to scan the equine limbs and entire cervical spine.

Representing another innovation milestone for SLREH, which is led by Dr.s Korin Potenza and Nick Huggons, MEHOT’s arrival at SLREH marks the first time an air­pressurized hyperbaric center has been located at a veterinary hospital.

“One of our founding principles is to stay on the leading edge of technological advances in equine medicine,” said Dr. Korin Potenza, owner, San Luis Rey Equine Hospital. “Offering the first HBOT chamber of its kind in the U.S. to our patients keeps us on the forefront, as well as provides a safe chamber to speed in the healing and recovery of our equine athletes and rehabilitation candidates.”

The benefit of this chamber over others currently being utilized is that the horse breathes 100 percent oxygen through a mask while in a pressurized room, allowing for marked increases in plasma oxygen levels, and subsequently higher levels of oxygen in the body tissues. Since oxygen is absorbed through the respiratory system of the horse and not absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin, wearing the mask enables the horse to safely and effectively receive the treatment like never before.

The delivery of 100 percent oxygen in the pressurized chamber provides an 18­20 fold increase of oxygen in all tissues within the body. Normally only red blood cells are able to carry oxygen, however under pressure, oxygen molecules become more soluble, allowing it to cross cell membranes and enter the body’s fluid systems including plasma, synovial, lymphatic, interstitial and cerebrospinal fluids. The elevated oxygen levels help equine athletes recover from muscle fatigue, increase performance and recover more quickly after a workout.

This non­invasive therapy is simple, safe and effective. HBOT decreases swelling and edema, reduces inflammation, assists in the formation of new blood vessels, enhances regeneration of bone, increases and improves collagen production in wound and tendon/ligament healing, works synergistically with antibiotics, and enhances stem cell and regenerative medicine therapy.

“MEHOT’s air­-pressurized hyperbaric chamber is the only one of its kind in the United States. Our primary focus is to provide state-­of-the­art treatment with the latest technology and industry leading safety features to ensure equine patients have access to the highest quality of care possible,” says Dr. Kelly Victory, Founding Partner at MEHOT. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide this simple, safe, and highly effective treatment modality to San Luis Rey Equine Hospital’s patients and the Southern California equestrian community.”

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