Frequently Asked Questions About HBOT

HOW DOES HBOT WORK?

During a hyperbaric oxygen treatment, ambient pressure inside our fully computerized, monoplace (single occupancy), state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers is gradually increased while adding 100% oxygen. This therapeutic combination causes oxygen concentration within the body to increase up to 15 times normal. Increased oxygen concentrations help the body initiate cellular processes which accelerate healing and aid in the recovery from certain conditions and illnesses. Changes occur on the cellular level while a person breathes normally during the treatment.

HBOT is drug-free, non-invasive, safe and has few side effects.

WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE DURING AN HBOT TREATMENT?

During the compression and decompression phases of the treatment or, “dive” as it is often referred to, pressure changes are felt similar to those experienced in an airplane during takeoff and landing. Patients are instructed on how to equalize ear pressure. Water bottles are offered for patient comfort. Once treatment depth has been reached, sensations are no different than being in room air.

Patients can relax during treatment time by watching a televised program or selecting a movie from our DVD library. Flat screen TVs are individually chamber mounted for ease of viewing and patient enjoyment. Many people choose to use their treatment time to simply relax or to take a nap. Atmospheric pressure within the hyperbaric chamber is adjusted to accommodate each patient’s treatment protocol. Two-way communication is maintained throughout treatment and is monitored by trained hyperbaric technicians.

WHAT CAN I BRING INTO THE CHAMBER?

Patient safety is the foremost priority during the administration of HBOT. Hyperbaric Therapy of the Lowcountry strictly adheres to international safety guidelines. We provide comfortable 100% cotton scrubs that must be worn during hyperbaric oxygen treatment in compliance with chamber safety rules. Patients are made comfortable with a pillow and blankets if desired. Water bottles are also provided.

WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE CHAMBER?

Chamber safety guidelines are strictly adhered to and enforced. Patients will receive appropriate chamber safety education before the first treatment as well as ongoing monitoring by trained staff. The following items may never be taken into the hyperbaric chamber. Patients will be required to sign a release stating they will adhere to safety regulations.

• Cell phones
• All electronics
• Metals, jewelry
• Watches
• Hearing aids
• Synthetic wigs

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

The number of treatments will differ according to condition being treated and whether chronic versus acute. Individual treatment needs are determined by the prescribing physician.

WHAT IS YOUR FACILITY LIKE?

Our facility is handicap accessible and offers ample and convenient parking. Hyperbaric Therapy of the Lowcountry is a free-standing facility located in a non-hospital setting. A comfortable changing room is available and lockers are provided for patients in which to store valuables during treatment time. Our reception area has cable TV and a separate break room with fridge, coffee maker and microwave is available for patient and family member use. We provide patients with comfortable 100% cotton scrubs to wear during treatment in compliance with chamber safety rules. Manufactured in the United States, our chambers are state-of-the-art, monoplace, FDA approved and provide the most advanced technology and safety available in the hyperbaric industry today.

WHAT CONDITIONS ARE COMMONLY TREATED?

HBOT is used to help a wide range of health problems, ranging from chronic wounds to complex disabilities, neurological impairment and injuries. To see a complete list of commonly treated conditions, click here.

ARE THERE ANY POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS?

Utmost care is taken to educate patients about the techniques and importance of clearing their ears during the compression and recompression stages of hyperbaric oxygen treatment because of the potential for barotrauma or middle ear “squeeze”. Simply swallowing or yawning in order to equalize ear pressure (similar to being on an airplane during takeoff and landing) is an effective way to avoid this situation and protect the ears during these changes in pressure. Appropriate patient screening by our physicians and patient monitoring during treatment also helps to circumvent this condition.

WHAT HEALTH CONDITIONS ARE CONTRAINDICATED FOR HBOT?

Persons who have a history of pneumothorax, commonly called a “collapsed lung”, are not candidates for receiving HBOT. Patients currently taking certain cancer medications, suffering from severe emphysema (COPD) and those in end stage heart failure (with ejection fractions below 35%) are also not eligible for treatment.

Those with high fever, active respiratory tract infection, sinus or Eustacian tube problems, seizure disorder and pregnant individuals also require special screening and individualized consideration. A detailed health history will be taken from all individuals who seek treatment.

I AM TRAVELING FROM A DISTANCE. ARE THERE ANY DISCOUNTED LODGING RATES?

Yes. Hyperbaric Therapy of the Lowcountry has obtained discounted medical rates at area hotels for its clientele. Please ask us about it when you call.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

Direct physician prescription or patient self-referral are accepted to initiate treatment. Self-referring patients must undergo a (complimentary) consultation and exam by our physician. Ongoing medical treatments and other therapies are carefully considered during evaluation and your HBOT progress reports can be forwarded to your primary physician or therapist with your permission and request.