FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Check out the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below. If there’s something you need more details about that isn’t mentioned here, please get in touch for more information. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
WHAT IS YOUR NEW PATIENT PROCEDURE?
We always start with a free 15 minute consultation with the doctor. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy isn't for everyone and we want to make sure that things are the right fit for your health goals.
WHAT DOES HYPERBARIC FEEL LIKE?
As the pressure in the chamber increases, you will feel pressure in your ears, similar to if you were on a plane and descending for landing. It is important that you are able to equalize your ears to manage the pressure during this time. Once you are at the designated pressure for your therapy, you don't "feel" anything. It feels the same as you do sitting right now reading this page, it's only the change in pressure that is noticeable. Once at pressure, you can relax, rest, read, and enjoy the healing process!
HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
This is going to depend on the individual and their health goals. More acute musculoskeletal injuries and head injuries might only need somewhere around 5-10 sessions. Chronic inflammatory conditions like autoimmunity or severe brain injuries might need 20-40 sessions. Neurodegeneration and progressive conditions might need more than 40 sessions. As with all things in healthcare, we want the care plan to match the needs of the patient. Throughout the process we will check in on progress and make determinations about whether we have maximized benefits or if it makes sense to continue, and make sure to communicate that with you.
ARE THERE ANY CONTRAINDICATIONS?
With hyperbaric oxygen, there are absolute contraindications and relative contraindications. Absolute contraindications are situations where the patient cannot go into the chamber and receive therapy. Relative contraindications are situations where therapy must be modified to accommodate the patient and make sure they are safe and comfortable. Absolute contraindications include untreated pneumothorax and inability for the patient to equalize their ears. Relative contraindications include different types of lung conditions such as asthma and COPD, high fever or sinus congestion, history of seizures, insulin dependent type 2 diabetes, pregnancy, implanted devices that are certified for pressure, and certain medications (doxorubicin, bleomycin, disulfiram, cisplatin).