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What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

HBOT is a medical treatment that enhances the body’s healing process by providing 100% pure oxygen in a chamber where atmospheric pressure is increased in a controlled environment. The air we normally breathe only contains 19-21% oxygen. During treatment, patients breathe 100% pure oxygen. The increased oxygen intake provided by HBOT assists the body’s natural healing ability. HBOT also helps the body build new connective tissue. Consequently, HBOT may assist the body’s organs in functioning more efficiently altogether.

How does HBOT work?

Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body by red blood cells only. Because HBOT forces oxygen into the body under pressure, oxygen dissolves into all of the body’s fluid, including the plasma, the Lymph, and the cerebrospinal fluids surrounding the brain and spinal cord. These fluids can carry the extra oxygen to areas where circulation is poor or blocked. In this way, more oxygen can reach damaged tissues and the body has a greater opportunity to support its own healing.

What type of Hyperbaric Chambers do you use?


What does HBOT feel like?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is safe, non-invasive and found to be very effective in the healing process. During each treatment or “dive”, patients rest comfortably in a spacious hyperbaric oxygen chamber. While some may experience a slight pressure in their ears – similar to that felt during a descent on an airplane – most patients experience little to no side effects. Patients are under the constant surveillance of medical technicians whom they can communicate freely with throughout their treatment. While in the chamber, most patients are able to relax, listen to music, watch a DVD or even fall asleep.

Is it covered by insurance?

North Shore Health and Hyperbarics treats conditions that are Covered by Insurance (“on label”) and Not Covered by Insurance (“off label”) .

Covered Conditions – “On-Label”

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) may cover HBO therapy, if you have one of these conditions:
  • Acute carbon monoxide intoxication
  • Decompression illness
  • Gas embolism
  • Gas gangrene
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs
  • Progressive necrotizing infections
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis, unresponsive to conventional medical and surgical management
  • Osteoradionecrosis as an adjunct to conventional treatment
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis as an adjunct to conventional treatment
  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Actinomycosis, only as an adjunct to conventional therapy when the disease process is refractory to antibiotics and surgical treatment
  • Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities if all of these apply:
    1. You have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes and have a lower extremity wound that’s due to diabetes.
    2. You have a wound classified as Wagner grade III or higher.
    3. You’ve failed an adequate course of standard wound therapy.

Not-Insured – Conditions

Complications from Cosmetic Surgery
Lyme Disease
Crohn’s Disease
Multiple Sclerosis
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Sudden Hearing Loss

Is a Doctor in the clinic when I am treated?

Yes, one of our two Board Certified Surgeons is in the clinic during all treatments. All wound care is done by one of the surgeons.

How long is a treatment?

The treatment is 80 or 120 minutes depending on the condition being treated and the protocol prescribed by Dr. Harrison.  

More Questions?

Call 516-487-1902 or contact us we would be happy to answer your questions.