The Gas Laws of Physics state that more gas will dissolve in a liquid in the presence of pressure. A can of soda is a vessel that contains a sweetened liquid. When held under pressure, the gas (CO2) dissolves in the liquid, producing soda.
This concept may also be applied to HBOT in that the hyperbaric chamber is the pressurized vessel. The body’s fluids become the liquid and the dissolvable gas is oxygen. When oxygen dissolves in the blood stream, it travels wherever the blood travels, effectively saturating all tissues. The delivery of oxygen using pressure does not require the use of red blood cells. As pressure increases, more oxygen is pushed into the tissues.
Inside a pressurized chamber the body begins to receive a healing dose of oxygen through the body’s fluids and plasma even if the blood vessel system to the needed tissue is compromised and/or constricted.
Medical insurance, Medicare & Medicaid do not reimburse for many diagnoses for which there is strong evidence of benefit with HBOT. Sara’s Garden is dedicated to providing quality services to those who are under insured, medically limited and/or financially unable to acquire services elsewhere. Clients are treated for elective, scheduled treatment rather than emergency treatment.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) helps the body heal from conditions in which low oxygen in the tissues inhibits or complicates the healing process. HBOT does not replace traditional therapies but is used in conjunction with and to enhance these therapies.
HBOT saturates the circulatory system with oxygen, resulting in an increase in oxygen to tissues. It assists in dissolving increased amounts of oxygen into the blood plasma. It increases oxygen tension in oxygen deprived tissues, enhances white blood cell activity at the wound site and reduces edema through vasoconstriction.
Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy include:
- Enhances white blood cell activity.
- Boosts the immune system, bringing T and B cells within normal limits.
- Increases the production of stem cells by eight fold.
- Decreases inflammation and edema (swelling).
- Helps the body heal from conditions in which low oxygen inhibits or complicates the healing process.
- Accelerates the formation of blood vessels and nerve endings.
- Increases metabolism.
- Stimulates cell growth and regeneration.
- Acts as an anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent.
- Displaces toxins and impurities.
- Reduces scarring.
- Reverses tissue damage.
- Acts synergically with chemotherapy.
- May be chemoprotective against cancer recurrence.
- Reverses the negative effects of radiation therapy.
- Raises Ph levels in the body.
Sara’s Garden has and/or will treat the following FDA approved and often insurance reimbursable conditions:
- Acute Traumatic Ischemia
- Air or Gas Embolism
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Chronic Wounds
- Compartment Syndrome
- Crush Injuries
- Decompression Sickness
- Diabetic Ulcers
- Gas Gangrene
- Intracranial Abscess
- Necrotizing Infections
- Skin Grafts and Flaps
- Thermal Burns
HBOT is often commonly used to treat these FDA non-approved, insurance non-reimbursable conditions:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Bacterial/Fungal Infections
- Bell’s Palsy/Cerebral Palsy
- Hypoxic/Anoxic Brain Injury
- Insect Bites
- Lyme Disease
- Meniere’s Disease
- Mitochondrial Disorder
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Near Drowning
- Pre/Post Surgical Healing
- Problematic Circulation
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
- Seizure Disorder
- Skin Disorders
- Spinal Injury
- Sports Injury
- Stem Cell Transplantation
- Traumatic Brain Injury
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is the administration of 100% oxygen in the presence of pressure. The word “hyper” means “increased” and “baric” refers to “pressure.” Oxygen is essential for life. Typical breathing air contains 21% oxygen.
At Sara’s Garden, oxygen is administered through a hood in a multi-place chamber. The number of treatments, length of treatment time and amount of pressure is dependent on the individual diagnosis. Treatments may vary from 60-90 minutes each, once or twice per day at pressures equal to 17 to 45 feet below sea level, for 5 to 40 treatments or more.
The principle of HBOT is simple. Increase the atmospheric pressure and get a directly proportional increase in available oxygen. In other words, a two fold increase in pressure would equal twice the available oxygen molecules to breath.
Our hyperbaric chambers provide a spacious interior to relieve any possible claustrophobic anxieties and allow clients the freedom of mobility. Clients can adjust their position as needed throughout the treatment to meet their specific needs for comfort.
Below is a list of the most common frequently asked questions we receive regarding Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy services here at Sara’s Garden. If you have additional questions that you don’t see addressed here please don’t hesitate to contact us.
- Augmented production of stem cells by 8 fold
- Decreased inflammation and swelling
- Amplification of pH from acidic to basic
- Reduction in healing time by 30-50%
- Increased vascularization
- Improved neurogenesis
- Intensified oxygenation
- Diminished pain
- Antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral action
- Immune system support
- Brain injuries, including but not limited to stroke, cerebral palsy, near drowning, traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder, autism, Parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis
- Infections that are unresponsive to antibiotics, non-healing wounds
- Circulatory/vascular disorders
- Sport Injuries
- Before and after surgical procedures for pain reduction and improved healing
- Inflammatory disorders such as but not limited to Crohns, ciliac sprue, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome
- Hypoxic disorders
- Typically, those being treated with one or more of a handful of formerly used chemotherapy drugs would be required to discontinue their use for one week prior to and during HBOT.
- Any exacerbation of a lung disorder, sinus disorder and/or ear problem would temporarily limit the client from treatment until resolution of symptoms is evidenced.
- A client with a current collapsed lung would be refused treatment; HBOT would be fatal. However, if the condition is resolved and HBOT is prescribed for another indication, with close supervision and pre-assessment, HBOT would be allowable.
- The right clothing is important for comfort and safety. Fabrics that generate static electricity can pose serious danger in a highly oxygenated environment and should not be worn.
- Removal of shoes, wristwatch, phones and jewelry is required prior to starting each treatment.
- Don’t skip the meal prior to HBOT.
- Limit caffeine and stop smoking.
It all depends on your condition, insurance policy, and documented medical need. The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reimburses HBOT providers for 11 or more different limited conditions. All other conditions are considered off-label or investigational or experimental. But this doesn’t mean you can’t be treated if you have an off-label condition.
The FDA plays an important role in approving the type of chamber used in hyperbaric therapy and the types of indications (conditions) approved to be treated in those chambers, just as it approves the use of other types of machinery or drugs for medical use. The FDA does not regulate the practice of medicine. Once the FDA approves a treatment, licensed physicians can prescribe it for any purpose they consider medically appropriate. Physicians may prescribe certain drugs—like oxygen, for off-label use, a use other than what the FDA approves its use for. This is why off-label conditions may be treated with hyperbaric oxygen. Physicians must still follow FDA guidelines and prescribe oxygen for hyperbaric therapy.
A condition becomes approved to be treated with hyperbaric oxygen when rigorous studies, and double blind studies, demonstrate a measurable degree of improvement in a particular condition. It costs millions of dollars to conduct medical research that meets the FDA standards to allow claims for successful treatment of a specific illness. Because oxygen cannot be patented, profits on sales of oxygen are too small to pay for studies that meet FDA requirements.
The insurance industry often takes the position that if the FDA has not issued a formal approval for the treatment of a particular injury or condition with hyperbaric oxygen, then it must be considered investigational or experimental and does not cover the cost of treatment.