What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)?
HBOT requires the patient to breath 100% oxygen in an enclosed chamber pressurized to greater than two atmospheres.
How does HBOT help heal wounds?
HBOT delivers oxygen quickly and in high concentrations to wounds. The increased oxygen stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the injured area and can also help prevent certain types of infections. The result is that stubborn wounds typically heal better and faster.
Who can receive HBOT?
Patients must receive at least 30 days of conventional wound therapy treatment before they can try HBOT. They must also have enough blood flow to the wounded area to make HBOT viable. Most healthcare plans in the United States reimburse HBOT treatments for the conditions listed above.
How often is HBOT administered?
Most treatments will be given during two-hour sessions, several times a week. Some conditions require a treatment period of 10 days or less. Chronic conditions may require a treatment period of several weeks. On average, patients receive 25 to 30 treatments over five to six weeks.
What does a patient experience during treatment?
Pressure inside the oxygen chamber is gradually increased. The temperature will also rise but can later be adjusted to a comfortable level. The patient’s ears will feel “full.” The patient will be instructed on how to clear the pressure and relieve any temporary discomfort. Inside the chamber, the patient can watch TV or movies, listen to music or relax. The patient takes short “air breaks” through a breathing mask about every 30 minutes. The patient can speak with the HBOT technician through a speaker in the chamber.
Will insurance cover HBOT?
Almost all healthcare plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, reimburse for HBOT treatments on accepted disorders.