- What is HBOT?
- What conditions are treated by HBOT?
- What is the protocol for hyperbaric treatment?
- What does it cost?
- What does a patient experience during treatment?
- Are there different types of chambers?
- How should I prepare for my treatment?
- Is HBOT safe?
- What are the possible side effects of HBOT?
- How are patients referred for treatment?
What is HBOT?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled. It is used for a wide variety of treatments usually as a part of an overall medical care plan.
Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body’s fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked. In this way, extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged tissues and the body can support its own healing process. The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas. It is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment.
What conditions are treated by HBOT?
Hyperbaric oxygen is used to treat all conditions which benefit from increased tissue oxygen availability, as well as infections where it can be used for its antibiotic properties, either as the primary therapy, or in conjunction with other drugs.
Insurance and Medicare consider the following conditions for HBOT to be covered for payment:
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What does it cost?
The insurance covered treatments will be pre approved by your insurance company and billed directly to them by our office. Your out of pocket expenses will be based on your specific plan.
Private Pay patients have options of paying for individual treatments or taking advantage of the discounts in our package pricing. Contact our office for a price quote.
What does a patient experience during treatment?
The first stage of treatment is compression, in which the pressure inside the system is gradually increased. The patient will feel a fullness in the ears. Instruction is provided to help clear the pressure and relieve temporary discomfort. Inside the chamber, the patient can sleep, watch tv, movies or listen to music.
Are there different types of chambers?
There are basically two types of chambers: monoplace and multiplace. Monoplace chambers are designed to treat a single person pressurized with 100% oxygen. Multiplace chambers are designed to hold several people at one time and oxygen is delivered through a mask or a hood. At Orlando Hyperbarics we use only monoplace chambers.
How should I prepare for my treatment?
Only clean cotton clothing is allowed in the chamber. No cosmetics, perfumes, hair products, deodorants, wigs or jewelry are allowed in the chamber. The technician needs to know if any medications, including non prescription drugs, are being taken by the patient, and patients are advised not to take alcohol or carbonated drinks for 3 hours prior to treatment. In most cases, patients should give up smoking and any other tobacco products during their treatment period, as they interfere with the body’s ability to transport oxygen.
Is HBOT safe?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is prescribed by a physician and performed under medical supervision. Although there are minor risks like all medical treatments, overall hyperbaric oxygen therapy is extremely safe. The risks will be discussed with you before you sign your consent form for therapy.
What are the possible side effects of HBOT?
The most common side effect is barotrauma to the ears and sinuses caused by the change in pressure. To minimize this risk, patients learn techniques to promote adequate clearing of the ears during compression or tubes may be inserted in the ears by an E.N.T. Occasionally some patients may experience changes in their vision during their treatment period. These changes are usually minor and temporary. A rare side effect is oxygen toxicity which is caused by long exposure oxygen and can be quickly alleviated by breathing medical air while in the chamber or by ending the treatment.