Decompression Sickness

Decompression Sickness Treatment with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

 

Decompression Sickness Cause

When scuba diving, additional oxygen and nitrogen dissolve in body tissues. Additional oxygen is consumed by the tissues, but the excess nitrogen must be washed out by the blood during decompression. During or after ascent this excess nitrogen gas can form bubbles in the tissues, analogous to the carbon dioxide bubbles that form when a carbonated beverage container is opened. These bubbles may then cause symptoms that are referred to as decompression sickness (“DCS” or “the bends”).

Decompression Illness Treatment

Trapping of gas within the lungs during ascent, either because the lung is diseased or because of breath-holding, can cause bubbles to be forced into the bloodstream (“arterial gas embolism” or “AGE”), where they can block the flow of blood or damage the lining of blood vessels supplying critical organs such as the brain. The success of hyperbaric oxygen treatment for DCS or AGE has borne the test of time and continues to be the standard of care for the treatment of these disorders.

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The Healing Power of Hyperbaric Medicine

HBOT helps white blood cells kill bacteria, and help osteoclast clean up the dead and infected bone. Once the infection is under control and all the dead bone is gone, new bone is laid down by osteoclasts. These processes require high levels of oxygen to function optimally. HBOT also helps antibiotics work better, and in conjunction with some antibiotics, helps eradicate the biofilms that form in many of these cases.

Increases White Blood Cell Effectiveness

Stimulates Release of Stem Cells

Improves Quality of Life in Patients

Most Conditions Covered by Insurance

Commonly, these patients will receive 40-60 treatments to clear the infection.

How Long Does a Hyperbaric Treatment Take?

Most HBOT treatments generally take about 2 hours. Treatments for some indications can last up to 4 hours. Serious diving injuries can require a treatment for longer than 5 hours. The hyperbaric physician will determine how long each patient’s HBOT treatment will last.

Does Insurance Cover Hyperbaric Treatments?

Yes

Coverage for HBO is dependent on your insurance company’s Coverage Determination Policy.

No

Some indications are still not covered or coverage can vary by insurance provider. Contact us to verify coverage.

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HBOT Locations Near Me

Marietta, GA

61 Whitcher Street
Suite 2150
Marietta, GA 30060

Cunming, GA

1505 Northside Boulevard, Suite 1300, Cumming, GA 30041

Atlanta, GA

5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Road,
Suite G9,
Atlanta, GA 30342

Fayetteville, NC

3034 Boone Trail,
Fayetteville, NC 28304

San Francisco, CA

2107 O’Farrell Street,
San Francisco, CA 94115

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE

During this pandemic, we will try and minimize risks to patients and staff. Guidance changes frequently, so we may need to change our recommendations over time.

We ask that all patients come into the office wearing a mask. Masks may be removed at the instruction of the staff for hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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