What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment, or HBOT?

Serenity HBOTHyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, is a medical treatment that has been used for many years.  Even though it has been around for decades, not everyone knows exactly what it is and how it can help people.  It is non-invasive, painless and very safe.  As with any medical treatment, there are some minor risks involved, but they are minimal and would be discussed with you prior to any treatment.

HBOT improves the body’s ability to heal itself by increasing the amount of oxygen taken in by the lungs.   This is done by putting a patient in a total body chamber in which they breathe 100% oxygen while the atmospheric pressure in the chamber is increased and controlled.  This allows the body to get up to 3 times more oxygen into the bloodstream, as well as all of the body’s fluids, the plasma, the lymph, the central nervous system, and the bone.  These fluids carry the extra oxygen to the damaged tissues within the body and enhance the natural healing that is already taking place.  The increased oxygen also 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.

HBOT is used to treat many different conditions which benefit from increased oxygen in the body’s tissues.  For example:

  • Air or Gas Embolism
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Gas Gangrene
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Near Drowning
  • Intracranial Abscess
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection
  • Osteoradionecrosis and Radiation Tissue Damage
  • Osteomyelitis (Refractory)
  • Skin Grafts and (Compromised) Flaps
  • Thermal Burns
  • Autism
  • Compartment Syndrome/Crush Injury/Other Traumatic Ischemias
  • Decompression Sickness (The Bends)
  • Diabetic and Selected Wounds
  • Exceptional Blood Loss (Anemia)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Lyme Disease
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Near Drowning
  • Recovery from Plastic Surgery
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

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Insurance companies cover treatment of certain conditions that have been studied and proven to be helped by HBOT.  Other conditions are considered “off label” and though they are helped by HBOT, they are not covered.  You should consult your insurance company if you have any coverage questions, but you can still get treated even if your insurance does not cover the condition you have.

If you have any questions about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (623) 930-0887.  Visit our website to learn more about Serenity Hyperbaric Treatment by clicking here.

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