- How long does a treatment last?
Treatments are typically measured by how long a patient is going to be at the desired pressure that is prescribed by a physician. Why? Patients are treated at different pressures and pressurize at different rates, making those periods differ between patients while the time at the desired pressure is always constant. In that respect, treatments last anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes, with the more common treatments being at 60 or 90 minutes. To account for the pressurization periods, an additional 15-20 minutes is to be expected with every treatment.
- What happens when I come in for a consultation?
Consultations are done with our physicians to ensure that each patient is a viable candidate for treatment. During the consultation, the physician will discuss how the Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy works, run through all the risks and benefits to HBOT, assess the best course of action pertaining to your specific condition and develop a treatment plan. A patients time here will include constant follow-ups with our physicians to ensure we provide the best care for our patients.
- How many treatments will I need? And how often?
The number of treatments required is determined by our physicians during the initial consultation. Different conditions will require different treatment plans, but all plans will typically require treatments be done in series. HBOT has the greatest effect when it is done in the most succession possible. Generally, it is suggested a patient does daily treatments to treat a specific condition.
- Why are Nautical/Diving terms used?
The technology that initially developed HBOT chambers was originally developed as a militaristic technology. Navies around the world implemented this technology during the time military divers were introduced because of the need to pressurize constantly and at faster rates. The technology was then picked-up by diving centers as a quick and effective way to courter-act decompression sickness.
- Are there different types of chambers?
Yes, generally speaking there are 2 main classifications of chambers. Mono-place (meaning one person) chambers, and group-place chambers. Group-place chambers are able to treat multiple people at once and are effective for patients who may require constant care. Mono-place chambers treat one person at a time and are typically designed in a cylindrical fashion. While styles are different, both types of chambers are able to provide the same treatment and result.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a treatment where a patient is breathing in 100% pure oxygen in a sealed chamber that is placed under atmospheric pressure. This treatment allows for the patient to be exposed to oxygen at much higher levels then what is available at sea level and breathing regular air (21% Oxygen).