faqs iconWhat type of hyperbaric chamber does your facility use?

We use 6 Sechrist rigid monoplace chambers. Sechrist hyperbaric chambers are the trusted provider of choice by Physicians across the country and around the world. Sechrist has more than three times the hyperbaric chambers installed in the USA than all the other manufacturers combined. Sechrist chambers are manufactured in the USA. Sechrist continues to develop and evolve their comprehensive line of monoplace hyperbaric oxygen chambers.

faqs iconWhat is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment in which the patient is entirely enclosed in a pressure chamber breathing 100% pure oxygen at greater than one atmosphere pressure. For more details on HBOT, please visit the “What is HBOT?” page.

faqs iconWhat are the physiological mechanisms of action caused by

HBOT that make it work?

Hyperoxygenation: HBOT physically dissolves extra oxygen into the blood plasma, which is then delivered to the tissues. Breathing pure oxygen at two to three times normal pressure delivers 10-15 times as much physically dissolved oxygen to tissues. This can increase the tissue oxygen in compromised tissues to greater than normal values. Hyperoxygenation has been demonstrated to induce formation of new capillaries in ischemic or poorly perfused wounds. Therefore, it is useful in the treatment of ischemic based compromised wounds, flaps, and grafts. It is also helpful in some infections by allowing white cell activity to resume function.

Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Strokes: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has anti-inflammatory properties and reduces inflammation that may be present in the brain tissue. HBOT also supplies very high levels of blood oxygen to brain tissues that have been injured, helping to normalize the injured brain cells, and thus regaining their previous function.

faqs iconWhat are the clinically accepted indications for Hyperbaric

Oxygen Therapy?

  1. Air or Gas Embolism
  2. Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  3. Clostridia Gas Gangrene
  4. Crush injuries, Compartment Syndrome, and other Acute Traumatic ischemias
  5. Decompression Sickness
  6. Enhancement of Healing in Selected Problem Wounds
  7. Exceptional anemia
  8. Intracranial Abscess
  9. Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
  10. Refractory Osteomyelitis
  11. Delay Radiation Injury to soft tissue and bone
  12. Compromised Skin Grafts and Flaps
  13. Thermal Burn
  14. Certain Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities

The following conditions are also treated with Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy and may not be covered by Insurance companies or Medicare

  1. Autism
  2. Traumatic Brain Injury
  3. Strokes
  4. Cerebral Palsy
  5. ADD, ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
  6. Head injures with severe concussion and cerebral edema
  7. Blindness from Retinal Artery or Retinal Vein occlusion
  8. Lyme Disease
  9. Recovery from Plastic Surgery
  10. Sports Injuries
  11. Migraine headache
  12. Multiple Sclerosis
  13. Chronic Fatigue
  14. Fibromyalgia

faqs iconHow is a hyperbaric treatment administered?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is administered to a patient in a pressurized chamber. The hyperbaric chamber is a steel, aluminum or clear plastic vessel in which oxygen can be compressed to a pressure that is greater than sea level. A monoplace chamber is a system that accommodates one patient at a time. The patient lies down on a stretcher which slides into the chamber. Typically the chamber is pressurized with 100% oxygen. The patient receives 100% oxygen by breathing the oxygen inside of the chamber. A mask or hood is not needed. Monoplace chambers have the capacity to be pressurized to 3 ATA. The vast majority of hyperbaric patients are treated in a monoplace chamber. Patients are in constant view and communication with the Hyperbaric Technician/Physician. Patients my watch TV or their favorite DVD while in the chamber.

faqs iconWhat does a hyperbaric treatment feel like?

Generally, the patient will not feel differently. However, during certain parts of the treatment, the patient may experience a sensation of fullness in the ears, similar to the feeling experienced on an airplane. This is a result of the eardrum responding to pressure changes. Prior to treatment, the patient will be taught a few easy methods to “clear” his or her ears to avoid discomfort.

faqs iconHow does a patient prepare for a hyperbaric treatment?

A patient must wear 100% cotton garments during a treatment. Personal items are not allowed in the hyperbaric chamber.

faqs iconAre there standard HBOT protocols?

Treatment protocols are established by the attending physician. Safe treatment times, dose and pressure limits have been established for hyperbaric oxygen exposure and these limitations form the basis for all treatment protocols.

faqs iconWhat are Dr. Zant’s qualifications in hyperbaric medicine?

Dr. Eddie Zant MD is American Board Certified in Hyperbaric Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM). The ABPM is a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialists. You may visit their web site at Dr. Zant is also certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Zant is a registered Certified Hyperbaric Technician through the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology. Dr. Zant has over 5 years experience in Hyperbaric Medicine.

faqs iconHow are patients referred for hyperbaric therapy?

Patients may be either self referred or referred by their attending Physician.