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FAQs

Will I be able to talk to the chamber operator?

Hyperbaric chambers are equipped with a two-way speaker system, which also includes a phone handset for the operator to have private conversations with the patient.

What is HBOT?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing process by inhalation of 100% oxygen in a total body chamber, where atmospheric pressure is increased and controlled.  It is used for a wide variety of treatments.

Under normal circumstances, oxygen is transported throughout the body only by red blood cells. With HBOT, oxygen is dissolved into all of the body’s fluids, the plasma, the central nervous system fluids, the lymph, and the bone and can be carried to areas where circulation is diminished or blocked.  In this way, extra oxygen can reach all of the damaged tissues and support the body’s healing process.

The increased oxygen greatly enhances the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria, reduces swelling and allows new blood vessels to grow more rapidly into the affected areas.  It is a simple, non-invasive and painless treatment.

What information does the technician need to know from the patient prior to HBOT?
  • If you have any cold or flu symptoms, fever, sinus or nasal congestion, or chest congestion.
  • If there is a possibility that you may be pregnant.
  • If there has been a change in any of your medications.
  • If you have skipped a meal prior to your HBO treatment.
  • If you are diabetic and did not take your insulin prior to your treatment.
  • If you have any concerns or anxiety.
  • If you suffer from claustrophobia.
What does treatment feel like?

You should not feel any noticeable difference once the chamber reaches treatment pressure. During compression and decompression, you may experience a slight pressure in your ears, similar to the feeling of descending in an aeroplane, which can be alleviated by swallowing or opening your mouth and popping your ears.

What do I need to do to get a referral from my doctor?

The process is similar to being referred for physical rehabilitation. Once your doctor has identified the need for HBOT, he or she may contact us with your name and contact information. We would be happy to answer your doctor’s questions about your eligibility at that time. They may then fax, post or email our office a completed referral form.

What conditions does HBOT treat?

Hyperbaric oxygen is used to treat all conditions which benefit from increased tissue oxygen availability, as well as infections where it can be used for its antibiotic properties, either as the primary therapy, or in conjunction with other treatments.

Common medical conditions treated with HBOT include chronic non-healing diabetic foot wounds, compromised skin grafts and flaps, chronic bone infection and bone/tissue injury resulting from radiation therapy.

What are the benefits of HBOT?

It has long been known that healing many areas of the body cannot take place without appropriate oxygen levels in the tissue.  Most illnesses and injuries occur, and often linger, at the cellular or tissue level.  In many cases, such as: circulatory problems; non-healing wounds; and strokes, adequate oxygen cannot reach the damaged area and the body’s natural healing ability is unable to function properly.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides this extra oxygen naturally and with minimal side effects.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy improves the quality of life of the patient in many areas when used alongside standard medicine.  Many conditions such as stroke, cerebral palsy, head injuries, and chronic fatigue have responded favourably to HBOT.

Is there anything I can do to improve the quality of my treatment and the chance of success?

Yes. There are several things you can do to improve your success rate:

  • Always keep appointments. Regular, consistent participation in therapy will help you the most.
  • If you smoke, consider stopping or at least cutting back. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen needed for healing your wounds. All the benefits of HBOT will be increased if you quit.
  • Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of rest will enhance your body’s ability to heal.
Is HBOT safe?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is prescribed by a physician and performed under medical supervision. Although there are minor risks like all medical treatments, overall hyperbaric oxygen therapy is extremely safe. The risks will be discussed with you before you sign your consent form for therapy.

How many sessions of HBOT will I require?

A treatment plan is based on your diagnosis or condition. The number of sessions required varies according to each patient’s individual requirements, which will be discussed during your initial consultation. Some conditions need only 2-5 treatments, many other conditions require 20-40 treatments or more depending on the severity of the individual’s case.

How long is a session of HBOT?

Each treatment session takes approximately 1– 2 hours, depending on your requirements.

How are patients referred for treatment?

Patients are accepted either by self referral or by physician referral. All patients are evaluated by during an initial consultation and treated based on their specific needs.  Please call the clinic on 0330 016 1000 to schedule a consultation.

Are there any side effects?

The most common side effect is barotrauma to the ears and sinuses caused by the change in pressure. The hyperbaric chambers are pressurised gradually, giving your ears and sinuses time to acclimatise to the changed atmospheric pressure. To minimise the risk, patients learn techniques to promote adequate clearing of the ears during compression or tubes may be inserted in the ears.

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