Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy helps heal traumatic brain injury (TBI) and anoxic brain injury

HBOT stimulates neuroplasticity, angiogenesis, cerebral metabolism, and stem cell regeneration and mobilization
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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy helps heal traumatic brain injury (TBI) and anoxic brain injury

HBOT stimulates neuroplasticity, angiogenesis, cerebral metabolism, and stem cell regeneration and mobilization

How Hyperbarics Helps

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Increases cerebral blood flow

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Decreases cerebral edema

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Maintains the blood-brain barrier

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Increases tissue oxygenation

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Suppresses inflammation

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Decreases apoptosis

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Inhibits neuronal death

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Improves cognitive function

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Improved quality of life

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Activates angiogenesis

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Reactivates quiescent neurons

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Forms new axonal connections

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Creates synapses

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Stimulates stem cell production and mobilization

What the Research Says

Recently, numerous studies have shown with brain imaging that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) decreases the symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-concussive syndrome.[1] These studies have helped us gain a deeper understanding of the physiological effects of HBOT on the brain. Specifically, they have demonstrated that HBOT stimulates neuroplasticity, angiogenesis, cerebral metabolism, and stem cell regeneration and mobilization. Using computerized cognitive evaluations, they demonstrated that HBOT also measurably improved cognition, mood, quality of life, memory, executive function, attention, visual as well as spatial and motor skills. They drove improvements across cognitive, psycho-social and quality of life indices.
Here are three studies that highlight the impact of HBOT treatment on TBI and post-concussive syndrome:
Boussi-Gross Study: Conducted in 2013, this study evaluated 56 patients using SPECT brain imaging. Researchers also evaluated patients on several other indexes: The Information Processing Speed Index, Attention-related index, Memory-related index, and Executive function Index. In short, these patients showed significant improvements in cognitive function and quality of life (QOL). Results from SPECT imaging correlated these cognitive improvements in planning, organization, initiation and behavior regulation with improved brain activity. Data showed that HBOT induced neuroplasticity in the brain of patients with impaired brain functions and impaired QOL, leading to repair of the brain and improved QOL.
Hadanny Study: In 2018, Hadanny et al., measured neurocognitive damage in 154 patients suffering from TBI. The study measured neurocognitive damage in these patients, both pre- and post-HBOT, using computerized cognitive evaluations and brain SPECT imaging. These evaluations showed that HBOT induced improvements in all measured areas of cognitive function. The largest measurable improvements were shown for memory, attention and executive function, followed by visual, spatial and motor skills. They found a strong correlation between these improvements and increased brain activity as shown through brain imaging
Harch Study: In 2017, Dr. Harch et al., studied 29 United States military veterans with mild TBI, post-concussive syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder. Prior to the study, subjects reported problems with thinking, low energy, headaches, depression, mood volatility, short term memory loss and disrupted sleep. The veterans in the study experienced significant improvement in depression, anxiety, post-concussive symptoms, physical and emotional functioning and self assessed cognition. Of twelve patients who expressed suicidal ideation before treatment, ten no longer expressed suicidal thoughts after their HBOT treatments.
The Defense and and Veterans Affairs departments pointed out as of August 2019, 20 veterans commit suicide each day. Any tool shown in a study to reduce suicidal ideation by over 80% would seem worth trying. Abnormal blood flow observed in the white matter of veterans’ brains changed significantly as a result of HBOT. Researchers defined the white matter as a region of interest (ROI) in 8 veterans’ brains. These veterans showed improvements in this ROI by 75%. They improved so much that blood flow in these areas became statistically indistinguishable from that of the Control group (patients who entered the study without restricted blood flow). Six months after treatment, most veterans continued to demonstrate improvement in their symptoms. Out of 18 subjects, there was further improvement in 14, deterioration in 3 and no change in 1, for an overall improvement of 78%.
Overall, studies show that HBOT Improves both outcomes and survival.
At Bay Area Hyperbarics, we have treated physician-referred patients with TBI and post concussive syndrome (PCS) for over 25 years. We have most commonly treated patients who have experienced memory loss, headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, dizziness, sleep disturbances, inability to perform routine tasks and mood volatility. Some patients also presented other QOL, cognitive, physical and emotional symptoms. Most of our treated patients with TBI and/or PCS experienced significant improvements, such as the ability to return to work and school, or to return home to care for family members. Most all of our patients have returned to a much higher level of functioning after their treatment regimens with HBOT.
Although multiple studies that are both valid and reliable document improvements for patients who have received HBOT, some still dismiss HBOT as a viable treatment. However, physicians who have referred their patients to Bay Area Hyperbarics have seen significant improvement and have been very happy with their physician-referred treatment regimen.

Research Studies

PLOS ONE

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Improve Post Concussion Syndrome

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Improve Post Concussion Syndrome Years after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury - Randomized Prospective Trial
PLOS ONE

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Improve Post Concussion Syndrome

The study involved 56 mTBI patients with prolonged PCS. It was a prospective, randomized, crossover controlled trial where patients were randomly assigned to treated or crossover groups. The treated group received 40 HBOT sessions, while the crossover group had a control period of no treatment before receiving the same number of HBOT sessions. Both groups showed significant improvements in cognitive function and QOL, along with elevated brain activity observed through SPECT imaging.
BMJ OPEN

HBOT can treat chronic neurological deficits due to traumatic brain injury (TBI) of all severities

Effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on chronic neurocognitive deficits of post-traumatic brain injury patients: retrospective analysis
BMJ OPEN

HBOT can treat chronic neurological deficits due to traumatic brain injury (TBI) of all severities

The average age was 42.7±14.6 years, and 58.4% were men. All patients had documented TBI 0.3–33 years (mean 4.6±5.8, median 2.75 years) prior to HBOT. HBOT was associated with significant improvement in all of the cognitive domains, with a mean change in global cognitive scores of 4.6±8.5 (p<0.00001). The most prominent improvements were in memory index and attention, with mean changes of 8.1±16.9 (p<0.00001) and 6.8±16.5 (p<0.0001), respectively. The most striking changes observed in brain single photon emission computed tomography images were in the anterior cingulate and the postcentral cortex, in the prefrontal areas and in the temporal areas.
MEDICAL GAS RESEARCH

Case control study: Hyperbaric oxygen treatment of mild anoxic brain injury, persistent post-concussion syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder

Blast-induced traumatic brain injury (TBI) / anoxic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) remain the two most common afflictions of U.S. military service personnel who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.
MEDICAL GAS RESEARCH

Case control study: Hyperbaric oxygen treatment of mild anoxic brain injury, persistent post-concussion syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder

HBOT was tested on 30 US military subjects with mild TBI persistent post-concussion syndrome (PPCS) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that occurred after 9/11/2001. The results of the study showed significant improvements in neurological exam, symptoms, quality of life, and psychological measures. SPECT imaging also revealed significant improvement after 1 and 40 HBOT sessions, and the effects were sustained at a 6-month follow-up. The study found that HBOT was safe and effective for treating veterans with mild to moderate TBI PPCS with PTSD.

Patient Experiences

Bay Area Hyperbarics has healed hundreds of patients with stubborn and non-healing wounds over the last 20 years.
  • Elliot
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  • Elliot was active in sports in high school. During football practice, he had a concussion that turned out to be his second. This one was caused when he collided with another players’ head and helmet.

    Elliot didn’t recover from this concussion as he had with the first one. After two months, he stopped going to school. Maintaining a regular schedule just became too difficult given his inability to concentrate and his memory loss. Even reading became too difficult because he had blurry vision.

    Elliot came to Bay Area Hyperbarics five months after his concussion with these concerns, but also depression, intermittent fatigue, sleep disturbances, and headaches. His parents tried several different therapies, diet changes, supplements and migraine medications. He was supervised by a psychiatrist and on prescription anti-anxiety meds, plus meds for depression. He was also receiving acupuncture.

    It took two months of hyperbaric therapy to heal his brain well enough that he could return to school. Honestly, he seemed like a different person when he left our clinic. He was smiling and walked with a healthy gait. However, he did not return to play football, based on a recommendation from his neurologist.

    Elliot, 17

    After a second concussion, Elliot could not remain in school. HBOT healed him.
  • Jeremy is a high functioning big-data-management engineer in Silicon Valley. He loved surfing, mountain biking, and taking his dog with him.

    Jeremy had a history of head injuries from sports, including years of soccer headers, football injuries and mountain biking accidents. Jeremy had come in to Bay Area Hyperbarics during high school when he found he had difficulty keeping up in his AP math classes. He was thinking of dropping out of AP math, but his mother brought him in to us to see if HBOT could help. And, it did! HBOT helped him enough that he stayed in AP math and graduated with honors.

    After graduating high school, Jeremy went on to a prestigious university to become an engineer and linguist.

    Eleven years after we first saw him, Jeremy brought himself into our clinic for a second time. He was having problems keeping up with the high demands of his job. He said he had to maintain concentration on many variables at the same time while solving complex problems. He feared he was having some days where he just could not perform up to his expectations. He said he needed more focus, better memory and more energy as he also had bouts of fatigue. He was treated using the Haddany study protocol (see the study cited above). Jeremy came back to visit us after finishing his HBOT treatments. He told us he was extremely pleased with his ability to perform now with greater ease, much more quickly, and he finds that answers come to him quicker. He says his energy has improved, not only at work, but also with his mountain biking.

    Jeremy, 27

    HBOT improved his ability to multitask after multiple traumatic brain injuries.
  • Marian had taught acupuncture for 12 years to students in a prestigious acupuncture school. She loved teaching and was devoted to her students.

    One day, a reckless driver rammed Marian’s car so fast it resulted in multiple injuries, including a head injury. She recovered from her other injuries but her head “just wasn’t right.” She came to Bay Area Hyperbarics after 6 months of biofeedback, acupuncture and other therapies. She was depressed and was thinking of early retirement because she said she couldn’t teach students with her sluggish brain. She complained about piles of paper stacked around her house that she couldn’t sort through.

    She was also plagued with intense emotional swings. She was so anxious that she would sit in our waiting room and cry while trying to “pull myself together to drive home.” She had become anxious of driving. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy repaired her brain and resolved her emotional volatility, anxiety, depression, and sluggish brain. She said she could think normally again. She returned to full time work teaching her students again.

    Marian, 62

    Hyperbaric therapy returned Marian to teaching acupuncture.
  • Elliot
    Elliot, 17
    After a second concussion, Elliot could not remain in school. HBOT healed him.

    Elliot was active in sports in high school. During football practice, he had a concussion that turned out to be his second. This one was caused when he collided with another players’ head and helmet.

    Elliot didn’t recover from this concussion as he had with the first one. After two months, he stopped going to school. Maintaining a regular schedule just became too difficult given his inability to concentrate and his memory loss. Even reading became too difficult because he had blurry vision.

    Elliot came to Bay Area Hyperbarics five months after his concussion with these concerns, but also depression, intermittent fatigue, sleep disturbances, and headaches. His parents tried several different therapies, diet changes, supplements and migraine medications. He was supervised by a psychiatrist and on prescription anti-anxiety meds, plus meds for depression. He was also receiving acupuncture.

    It took two months of hyperbaric therapy to heal his brain well enough that he could return to school. Honestly, he seemed like a different person when he left our clinic. He was smiling and walked with a healthy gait. However, he did not return to play football, based on a recommendation from his neurologist.

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    Jeremy, 27
    HBOT improved his ability to multitask after multiple traumatic brain injuries.

    Jeremy is a high functioning big-data-management engineer in Silicon Valley. He loved surfing, mountain biking, and taking his dog with him.

    Jeremy had a history of head injuries from sports, including years of soccer headers, football injuries and mountain biking accidents. Jeremy had come in to Bay Area Hyperbarics during high school when he found he had difficulty keeping up in his AP math classes. He was thinking of dropping out of AP math, but his mother brought him in to us to see if HBOT could help. And, it did! HBOT helped him enough that he stayed in AP math and graduated with honors.

    After graduating high school, Jeremy went on to a prestigious university to become an engineer and linguist.

    Eleven years after we first saw him, Jeremy brought himself into our clinic for a second time. He was having problems keeping up with the high demands of his job. He said he had to maintain concentration on many variables at the same time while solving complex problems. He feared he was having some days where he just could not perform up to his expectations. He said he needed more focus, better memory and more energy as he also had bouts of fatigue. He was treated using the Haddany study protocol (see the study cited above). Jeremy came back to visit us after finishing his HBOT treatments. He told us he was extremely pleased with his ability to perform now with greater ease, much more quickly, and he finds that answers come to him quicker. He says his energy has improved, not only at work, but also with his mountain biking.

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    Marian, 62
    Hyperbaric therapy returned Marian to teaching acupuncture.

    Marian had taught acupuncture for 12 years to students in a prestigious acupuncture school. She loved teaching and was devoted to her students.

    One day, a reckless driver rammed Marian’s car so fast it resulted in multiple injuries, including a head injury. She recovered from her other injuries but her head “just wasn’t right.” She came to Bay Area Hyperbarics after 6 months of biofeedback, acupuncture and other therapies. She was depressed and was thinking of early retirement because she said she couldn’t teach students with her sluggish brain. She complained about piles of paper stacked around her house that she couldn’t sort through.

    She was also plagued with intense emotional swings. She was so anxious that she would sit in our waiting room and cry while trying to “pull myself together to drive home.” She had become anxious of driving. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy repaired her brain and resolved her emotional volatility, anxiety, depression, and sluggish brain. She said she could think normally again. She returned to full time work teaching her students again.

Physicians: Refer a Patient

Refer a patient in three easy steps.
1

You submit patient’s information

As a provider, your office fills out and faxes back the Patient Referral Form. Have questions? Call us!
2

We get authorizations

We make sure the patient understands treatment and then follow the prescribed protocol to get the patient on the road to recovery!
3

Patient starts HBOT

Our medical staff meets with the patient to ensure that HBOT reverse aging treatment is appropriate and contacts Medicare or private insurance to receive authorization.

Research on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

To learn more about HBOT, take a look at our FAQs.
  • What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?
    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy treats medical conditions with 100% oxygen in a pressurized hyperbaric chamber. The patient lies or sits in the chamber. The oxygen then saturates the plasma in the blood, allowing oxygen to easily flow throughout the body and reach even areas that are injured or diseased, which typically receive less oxygen. The mechanisms of hyperbaric oxygen therapy include stimulating and mobilizing stem cells, down-regulating inflammatory genes, up-regulating reproductive cells and stimulating DNA. HBOT also regrows tiny blood vessels, and stimulates the growth of new healthy cells in the brain, bones, skin, organs, and tissues. People seek hyperbaric oxygen therapy to heal physical damage in their bodies and to promoting health and anti-aging.
  • Does HBOT kill cancer cells?
    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.
  • IWhat is the CPT code for HBOT?
    The CPT code for HBOT is G0277.
  • Does Medicare cover HBOT?
    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.
  • Can HBOT help Neuropathy?
    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.
  • Why would a physician consider HBOT?
    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.
  • What is Hypebaric Oxygen Therapy?
    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.

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