What Conditions Can HBOT Treat?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is perhaps most associated with diving injuries and chronic wound healing, but it’s recognized as a safe and effective treatment for more than a dozen acute and chronic conditions*, from diabetic foot ulcers to radiation injury. Specifically, HBOT has been known to treat the following conditions:
Soft tissue radionecrosis (tissue damage caused by radiation)
Compromised skin grafts/skin flaps
Chronic refractory osteomyelitis (bone infection)
Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia (tissue injury to an extremity caused by lack or loss of blood flow)
Crush injuries/suturing of severed limbs
Progressive necrotizing infections, such as necrotizing fasciitis (death of tissue caused by fast-spreading bacterial infection)
Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency (which can lead to ulcers and other non-healing wounds)
Actinomycosis (rare bacterial infection that causes sores and abscesses)
Gas embolism/air embolism (blockage of blood supply to a vital organ)
Gas gangrene/myonecrosis (bacterial infection)
Carbon monoxide intoxication/poisoning
Decompression illness (sometimes called diving sickness)
Aside from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-approved conditions above, HBOT therapy is continually being researched as a viable treatment for a range of acute and chronic conditions.
*You might hear or see these sometimes referred to as “indications” by those in the medical profession.
Who Is Not A Candidate for HBOT?
Recent Ear Surgery
Existing Collapsed Lung
Certain types of lung disease
Pregnancy (unless CO intoxication)
How to Get Started With Treatment
If you think you might be a candidate for treatment with hyperbaric oxygen the first step is to find a treatment center near you. The facility you choose will be able to set you up with a consultation to determine if HBOT is the correct course of treatment for your condition. Treatments for a wide variety of conditions are covered by Medicare and most major insurance carriers - however there are certain conditions that must be met prior to treatment for each condition before insurance coverage will apply. The wound care center you choose will go over all of these details during your consultation to ensure that you are receiving the best care possible.