Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Daniel Rossignol, Medical Doctor and Hyperbaric Specialist
equated an hour treatment in a personal hyperbaric chamber to taking 40 Motrin, without the toxic response. “You get increased oxygenation, decreased swelling, and decreased inflammation, all from one treatment”, Dr. Rossignol commented. “If a drug did this, a pharmaceutical company would make quite a bit of money.”
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Program at Ageless Medical NY provides an unsurpassed level of care in a state-of-the-art setting where your comfort is of utmost importance.
What is hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a form of oxidative therapy that involves breathing concentrated oxygen while resting in a pressurized chamber.This allows for much higher concentrations of oxygen to be delivered to tissues and organs thancan be achieved by the 21% oxygen found in room air. The air inside the hyperbaric chamber can be compressed up to three times the pressure found at sea level. This pressure is similar to that which is felt when diving underwater down to 66 feet. The delivery of pressurized oxygen to the body increases the amount of oxygen in the body tissues. This form of therapy may benefit those who are suffering from the effects of aging, trauma, infection or other problems related to the brain or nervous system.
What conditions can benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Originally this treatment was used to help divers who developed decompression sickness, commonly called “the bends”, when they came to the surface too quickly from depth. The treatment is still used for the bends, but is also used to treat many other diseases, including:
- Wounds. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is recognized as safe and effective for diabetic ulcers, radiation injury, damaged soft tissues and chronic non-healing wounds. Oxygen supports growth of new blood vessels which can replace those which may have been damaged.
- Infections. Hyperbaric oxygen augments the body’s ability to kill bacteria in wounds such as gas gangrene or bone infections
- Carbon monoxide poisoning. For individuals suffering from smoke inhalation, hyperbaric oxygen forces the toxic gasses out of the blood stream and provides extra amounts of oxygen to help damaged tissues recover more rapidly.
Other conditions, hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be provided in conjunction with other treatments. The use of oxidative therapy such as hyperbaric cambers has been researched and found safe in the following conditions:
- Muscular skeletal injury
- Chronic fatigue
- Neurodegenerative illnesses
- Cerebral palsy
- Degenerative arthritis
Depending on your specific medical condition, oxidative therapy may be provided in conjunction with recommendations by our staff at Ageless Medical NY. This collaboration provides you with the most advanced and effective treatment options available.
Will I need any special tests prior to beginning hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Certain diagnostic tests may be required prior to therapy. Your doctor may recommend specific testing, such as a transcutaneous oxygen measurement, to determine if hyperbaric therapy is appropriate for you. In some cases a chest x-ray may be recommended.
How will I feel during hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
The treatment is generally painless. Patients lie comfortably and can use their cell phones, laptops or tablets. You will experience a sense of fullness in the ears at the beginning and end of treatment as the pressure is adjusted. The sensation is similar to that which is felt when flying in an airplane or diving under water.You will be taught a simple maneuver to avoid ear discomfort. Some patients will hear a crackling noise in their ears between treatments, which is relieved using the same pressure maneuvers. If the crackling continues it should be reported to the staff.
Some patients feel light-headed for a few moments following the treatment, but this is generally very brief.
Are there any after-effects associated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Some patients may develop temporary changes in eyesight. In these cases, vision should return to pre-treatment status within eight weeks of the completion of the treatments. There are other less common side effects and risks, which will be discussed before the therapy begins.
How many treatments will I need?
You may require several treatments. The number will depend on your specific problem and response to therapy.
- Emergency conditions are generally treated with 1 to 10 treatments during the first week.
- Long-standing infections and other wounds may need 20 to 60 treatments over the course of several weeks.
- Outpatients can be treated once daily, five days per week.
We work with you and your healthcare insurance provider so that you can be reimbursed. The use of hyperbaric oxygen is generally not covered by insurance, however the consultation with the physician (professional component) may be partially reimbursed. Please check with your health plan provider.
What are the Do’s and Don’ts to follow during the course of treatment?
For your comfort and safety, please:
- Provide a complete list of all your current medications, including those which are available without a prescription. Hyperbaric oxygen may interact with some medications. We require a complete list of all medications that you are taking so that we may review it with your staff.
- Notify the staff if you have symptoms of a cold or flu. Often it’s best to delay treatment until these symptoms subside.
- Remove the following immediately before entering the chamber:
- Dentures or partial plates. All jewelry and other personal items. You may wear your usual apparel.
- Do not bring flammable substances. Pure oxygen is highly flammable. No cigarettes, matches, cigarette lighters or other flammable substances may be brought inside the chamber.
- Do not use any tobacco products.
- Hyperbaric oxygen is not effective in smokers and can even be counter-productive because of the side effects of nicotine.
- Do not use oil or alcohol based grooming products before entering the chamber.
- Hairspray, makeup, perfume and aftershave should not be worn.
- Do not bring any valuable items with you.
Continuous supervision and monitoring are provided during the session. Oxidative therapy can be part of a multidisciplinary approach to promote the healing process. We are devoted to the delivery of unparalleled, state-of-the-art treatment options for patients with a variety of acute and chronic conditions.
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