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About Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy(HBOT) affects the body

  1. Angiogenesis – By increasing oxygen levels in hypo-perfused tissues, HBOT stimulates the growth of blood vessels. This, in turn, enhances blood flow and oxygen supply to compromised tissue and bones, supporting their improved repair capabilities.
  2. Infection Fighting – Elevated oxygen levels resulting from HBOT boost the efficiency of infection-fighting cells in our bodies. Additionally, this therapy helps eradicate infections caused by oxygen-intolerant bacteria, such as gangrene.
  3. Vasoconstriction – HBOT induces blood vessel constriction, effectively reducing edema. Simultaneously, it delivers significant oxygen levels to poorly perfused tissue, aiding in their recovery.

WHAT TO EXPECT PRIOR TO STARTING TREATMENT

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All potential HBOT patients are required to complete our medical waiver and engage in a TeleMed call which can be done from the privacy of your own home. Following clearance, we will schedule your appointment and our certified technicians will guide you into the chamber, assisting with the placement of your mask. Patients with asthma and other lung, cancers and heart conditions are required get clearance from your doctor.

The medical review includes:

  • Medical health history
  • Checking for the ability to equalize your ears under pressure
  • Checking lungs, Chest X-rays and pulmonary function tests may be required
  • Eye examination may be required, if ongoing HBOT treatments are required
  • Any other tests the a referring Physician requires, depending upon your condition and state of health

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TREATMENT

Your therapy will be provided in mono-place chamber. Meaning a single unit with a clear cover so you are comfortable.

  • You lie down in a transparent, atmosphere-controlled chamber that circulates pure oxygen at a pressure that is two to three times greater than normal. You are free to move during treatment and may relax by listening to music, chatting with our staff, or taking a nap.
  • Or you may prefer one of our walk-in chambers where you can sit and relax and just breathe.

HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY SAFETY

HBO therapy has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat non-healing wounds and several other medical conditions. There are no serious side effects as the patient is only breathing purified air with higher concentrations of pure oxygen. Oxygen is required by all living people for cellular growth.

SUGGESTED NUMBER OF TREATMENTS

Clients are generally treated once a day, but some may require therapy twice a day. The number of treatments (also referred to as “dives or sessions”) prescribed for you (where applicable), their duration and the exact pressure used will depend on your condition. You will generally require between 20 and 40 treatments for up to 2 hours each treatment depending on your current medical condition. Normal treatment days are Monday through Friday, excluding major holidays.

How long will it take? That depends. The number of sessions and length of treatment will vary based on your particular condition, progress and goals. For instance, diabetic wounds typically require a series of 90 to 120 minute sessions, while those with brain injury remain in the chamber for one hour each visit. Wound healing may require up to 40 treatments.

What to wear

Safety is our number one priority. We have serious and strict guidelines as to what is allowed into the chamber.

The following is allowed inside the hyperbaric chamber:

  • Yourself; free of hair products, make-up, perfume/cologne, hearing aid, jewelry, cell phone or any potentially combustible item that is on the list of prohibited items we will provided to you.
  • Undergarments; Please wear 100% cotton undergarments. Do not wear lycra or spandex brassier or undergarments as they cause static. We will provide a fresh blanket in the chamber in case you get cold.
  • Cotton scrubs – (provided for you here at our office)

CLIENT INTAKE FORMS

Below are the Client intake forms that will need to be filled out before starting HBOT. They can be filled out before or upon your arrival to your first HBOT session.

New Patient Form