From the Web
oxygen therapy, abbreviated HBO, is a medical treatment that uses pure oxygen to
speed and enhance the body’s natural ability to heal. High dose oxygen therapy
is approved by the American Medical Association, FDA, and Medicare. Patients who
may benefit from HBO suffer from various diseases or injuries associated with
hypoxia (or a lack of oxygen on a cellular level). It is at this cellular tissue
level where all life takes place. The treatments are both non-invasive and
painless. A patient undergoing treatment spends a prescribed amount of time
sitting or laying in one of our cylindrical, body-length chambers, where pure
oxygen is administered and atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled
under meticulous conditions. The dosage, which includes pressure, time and
frequency of treatments, is suited to each patient’s specific diagnosis.
oxygen therapy is used for a variety of medical conditions
— such as radiation burns, slow healing wounds, infections, and post-traumatic
swelling. Hockey and basketball
teams use hyperbaric medicine to bring players off the injury list faster. By
increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood, and hence to the tissues, the
treatment stimulates the production of collagen, a protein that helps heal
wounds. Some football teams, such as the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas
Cowboys, have their own chambers.
Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Heal Your Body?
By dissolving extra oxygen into your blood, hyperbaric
Kills bacteria, fights
Breaks down complex
matrix and blood vessel formation.
(bone cell) and other types of cellular activity and reproduction.
Heals by supplying
ischemic (oxygen poor) tissue with the necessary oxygen for healing.
Promotes the growth of
Reduces pain due to
Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Used For?
Kills infections and
bacteria that die when exposed to an oxygen rich environment.
More quickly heals
damage to your body — from car accidents, sports or other injuries.
swelling that interferes with movement and other treatments.
After surgery — it
shortens the healing time, reduces swelling and bruising and gets you back on
your feet faster.
circulation such as peripheral vascular disease, it rebuilds blood vessels.
is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been used for 35 years to cure
certain medical problems. Instead of breathing room air which has 21% oxygen,
you breathe 100% oxygen through a mask or hood. In order to get the increased
oxygen into all the tissues of your body, you enter the hyperbaric chamber which
is then filled with pressurized air.
My Insurance Pay For It?
This depends on the problem or diagnosis and the kind of
insurance you have. Although hyperbaric oxygen therapy is approved by the FDA,
AMA, MediCare and MediCal, insurance will pay for treatment on some diseases and
not others. We are the preferred provider for several plans, but not all plans
will pay for healing all types of problems. Call us and we will help answer your
I Have More Questions That Need Answering —
Call us at (650) 567-9110 and speak with anyone at our
clinic. Our Director, Lisa
St. John will be happy to answer your
questions. In addition, we have a Medical Director and can refer you to doctors
specifically trained and certified in hyperbaric medicine, who can also answer
your questions. We will also discuss hyperbaric oxygen therapy with your doctor
Medicare will pay for Hyerbaric Oxygen Therapy treatment for
the following conditions:
carbon monoxide intoxication
Acute traumatic peripheral ishemia. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a valuable adjunctive treatment to be used in combination with accepted standard therapeutic measures, when loss of function, limb or life is threatened.
Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs. As in the previous conditions, HBO therapy would be an adjunctive treatment, when loss of function, limb or life is threatened.
Certain non-healing wounds
Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts
Chronic refractory osteomyelitis, unresponsive to conventional medical and surgical management.
Osteroradionecrosis as an adjunct to conventional treatment
Soft tissue radionecrosis (radiation induced traumatized tissue) as an adjunct to conventional treatment.
Actinomycosis, only as an adjunct to conventional therapy when the disease process is refractory to antibiotics and surgical treatment.
Conditions Treatable by Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Neurological Conditions, including: