Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Therapy is a treatment in which a patient breathes 100% oxygen while inside a pressurized chamber. The air pressure inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber is about 2 ½ times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere.
This high pressure helps your blood carry more oxygen and promotes wound healing by delivering your oxygen rich blood to your organs and connective tissues. HBO also activates the white blood cells to help fight infection.
HBO therapy is a non-invasive outpatient procedure and is utilized in conjunction with wound care treatments. The therapy is provided once daily, for approximately four to six weeks depending on indication. Each treatment takes about two hours from start
What conditions are treated with HBO therapy?
Medicare currently lists 15 conditions approved for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, however, other insurance carriers can chose to treat other indications. The below indications are some of the most treated in our center:
Diabetic wounds of the lower extremity
Chronic refractory osteomyelitis (chronic bone infection)
Osteoradionecrosis (Late effects of radiation-bone)
Soft tissue radionecrosis (late effects of radiation – soft tissue)
Compromised skin grafts and flaps
Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
Progressive necrotizing infections
Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs (acute)
Gas gangrene (acute)
Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss
Various other non-healing wounds depending on insurance approval
What to expect on my first visit?
An initial consultation with a provider is required to evaluate each patient and ensure they are candidates for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Prior medical history will be reviewed, and further education will be provided to the patient. A trained technician
will provide detailed orientation and will remain with the patient throughout the entire treatment course.
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