Hyperbaric Therapy – FAQ
Our Hyperbaric team consist of Hyperbaric Certified technicians and nurses. Our Medical Director is Boarded in Hyperbaric Medicine. Our Hyperbaric team has over 120 years of combined Hyperbaric experience. All to say, you are in good hands.
Hyperbaric Therapy is a treatment where you are placed in a chamber, under increased atmospheric pressure, while breathing 100% oxygen. This pressurized oxygen treatment increases your oxygen level 10-15 times normal. This provides all sorts of physiological advantages in your body such as stimulating new blood vessel growth, fighting infections, and decreasing swelling.
We have personnel that are experts in handling insurance preapprovals. We will work with you through the insurance process and explain your coverage prior to you starting treatment.
Our wound and hyperbaric physicians will consult with you prior to you starting hyperbaric therapy. Our physicians will determine if hyperbaric therapy is appropriate and the number of treatments needed, dependent on your diagnosis. Typically, a patient will receive 20 -40 treatments.
Once our physician has ordered your treatments, and we have received insurance approval, we will schedule your treatments with you. Treatments are provided Monday through Friday, at 9am and at 1pm. You will be scheduled for treatment once a day, five days a week, until you’ve completed the number of treatments prescribed.
A normal treatment is 112 minutes. We do ask that you arrive 30-45 minutes prior to your treatment, dependent on whether you receive wound care or not.
Have you ever flown in an airplane? It’s like that. Airplanes are pressurized cabins just like our hyperbaric chamber. You may experience pressure changes in your ears. We will coach you through techniques to “clear” any ear pressure. Please inform us if you have a cold or sinus congestion prior to your treatment. This may inhibit your ability to “clear” your ears.
You can take reading materials in the chamber (magazines, books). Newspapers are not allowed. No electronics or battery powered devices are allowed. We do provide TV, or DVD movies, on two monitors in the chamber.
Our hyperbaric chamber, at Kettering Miamisburg, is the largest hyperbaric chamber in the state of Ohio. This chamber has capacity to hold 12 patients. We will also have medical personnel inside the chamber with you.
We will provide you with hospital scrubs to wear in the chamber. We utilize 100% oxygen in the treatment, so any undergarments must be approved by us prior to your treatment.
We will provide you with crackers, water, and juice drinks during your treatment. We do not allow outside drink containers.
Our physicians and nurses will review your medical history with you, for any possible contraindications, prior to you starting treatment. All hyperbaric treatments are supervised by our hyperbaric physicians. A hyperbaric technician and RN will meet with you prior to each treatment to check your vital signs. Hyperbaric therapy treatments can affect blood sugars in diabetic patients. We will monitor your blood sugar levels with you. Some patients may experience vision changes after multiple treatments. This is temporary and will return to normal. Please notify us, prior to arriving, if you are ill or have flu like symptoms. We can make-up treatments.