The FDA, AMA, Medicare and numerous insurance companies approve treating diabetic wounds with hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Bay Area Hyperbarics has helped dozens of patients heal from diabetic wounds and ulcers in the arms, legs and extremities (feet and hands). Physicians often send us patients who are at risk for amputation, as well as patients with more minor wounds that are having trouble healing.
A contributing factor to diabetic non-healing wounds is that diabetes decreases circulation, and extremities receive insufficient oxygen. The body also decreases the production of growth factors, which also slows healing. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) delivers up to 400% more oxygen to hypoxic, oxygen-starved tissues. It also grows healthy blood vessels, nerves, skin and bones, all of which help to deliver oxygen to damaged, oxygen-starved tissues. HBOT has been proven to accelerate healing, reduce amputation rates, and improves patients’ quality of life!
After hyperbaric oxygen therapy heals diabetic wounds, patients often become converts and advocate HBOT to their friends for other treatments, including healing infections, reversing damage from radiation treatments, post-stroke rehabilitation, and crush and head injuries, just to name a few.
Call us, so we can discuss whether HBOT is the right choice for you or your loved one.
From a research standpoint, experiments have demonstrated the effects of HBOT on improving wound tissue hypoxia, enhancing perfusion, reducing edema, downregulating inflammatory genes, reducing cytokines, promoting fibroblast proliferation, collagen production, and angiogenesis. These results make HBOT a useful adjunct in clinical practice for “problem wounds,” such as diabetic foot ulcers
Did a physician refer you? If so, they can download and fax us back a patient referral form. If not, our medical staff will discuss whether hyperbarics is right for you.
Our medical staff contacts Medicare or private insurance to receive authorization and create a plan with you.
We do a medical intake, explain everything you need to know, and you get started on your hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions
As a provider, your office fills out and faxes back the Patient Referral Form. Have questions? Call us!
We make sure the patient understands treatment and then follow the prescribed protocol to get the patient on the road to recovery!
Our medical staff meets with the patient to ensure that HBOT is appropriatre, and contacts Medicare or private insurance to receive authorization.
Hyperbaric medicine, also called hyperbaric oxygen therapy or HBOT, is a medical treatment where a patient sits or lies in pressurized chamber and breathes 100% oxygen. In HBOT, oxygen dissolves into the blood, thus raising the oxygen concentration to very high levels.This increased oxygen is a primary building block for tissues, muscle, and bone repair. Among other benefits, it kicks off cell reproduction, heals injuries and infection more rapidly, and decreases inflammation.
Hyperbaric treatments help heal neuropathy by regrowing small blood vessels and nerves that have died from disease, injuries from radiation and aging. Patients often experience numbness and or pain when they start treatment. Hyperbaric treatments most often bring back sensation and make, for example, walking easier and more enjoyable.
Current research indicates that hyperbaric oxygen does not kill cancer cells. However, there has been a small amount of research indicating that hyperbaric oxygen might reduce the size of certain tumors. Also, there has been a study on mice using hyperbaric oxygen, along with a ketogenic diet, to reduce tumors. Hyperbaric oxygen causes many different healing modalities to kick into gear. Could its effect on strengthening the immune system inhibit the growth of cancer cells? Nobody knows. There are numerous studies conclusively showing that hyperbaric oxygen does not encourage cancer cells or tumors to grow. Some patients claim the hyperbaric oxygen makes them feel a lot more comfortable and functional after chemotherapy and also during healing. Note that some chemotherapy drugs are not to be used with hyperbaric oxygen, as the chemotherapy drugs can be enhanced and thus become toxic. A good hyperbaric oxygen facility (such as Bay Area Hyperbarics) will always call the chemotherapy manufacturer to ensure that hyperbaric oxygen therapy will be helpful and not damaging to the patient.
A physician would consider using hyperbaric chamber therapy under a variety of situations. Physicians most typically refer patients to hyperbarics when the patient is not healing with traditional medical interventions and hyperbaric chamber therapy is approved by Medicare for this condition.
Some patients experience significant unresolved pain and unremitting disease states that the mechanisms of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in a hyperbaric chamber are known to affect, such as the down regulation of inflamatory genes. For an example, some patients have experienced severe, unremitting hives with itching, which did not improve with any specialists interventions.
Some physicians will consider hyperbaric chamber therapy if the patient has no other good avenues for improving their failing health, and they know the hyperbaric chamber therapy is safe and will not harm the patient.
The CPT code for HBOT is G0277.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HB0T) is a medical treatment where you inhale 100% oxygen in a chamber with increased atmospheric pressure. HBOT injects 400x the oxygen into your tissues and bones and mobilizes stem cells. It regrows healthy tissues in the brain, blood vessels, skin and bones. It also reduces pain and swelling, and speeds recovery.
It is simple, effective and painless.
Medicare covers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for approved conditions, and many insurance companies also cover approved conditions. If your condition is not approved by your insurance, we can discuss our special rates. Give us a call at (408) 356–7438. We are happy to discuss your options with you.