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Overlook Medical Center: The Patient Experience
What should I expect during treatment?
During therapy you will relax in a transparent, atmosphere-controlled chamber that allows freedom of movement. You may listen to music, watch TV, take a nap, or converse with staff during therapy. Relaxation techniques are available.
Is “high pressure” oxygen safe?
Yes. You will be closely monitored by our team to ensure that your HBOT is safe and effective. HBOT has limited or no after or side effects.
Does HBOT hurt?
No. HBOT is not painful. You may feel a plugging in your ears from the pressurization of the chamber, similar to what you may experience when you are in an airplane or diving to the bottom of a swimming pool.
How many treatments will I need?
This will depend on your specific condition and your body’s response to HBOT. Your specialists will discuss your treatment with you before you begin therapy. Some wound healing cases require as many as 20 to 40 treatments.
How long do treatments last?
Hyperbaric oxygen treatments typically last 90 to 120 minutes and are administered one to two times daily, five days a week.
Is HBOT covered by my insurance?
HBOT is reimbursable by Medicare and most other third-party payors for certain accepted conditions. In most cases, preauthorization will be obtained prior to the initiation of treatment.
What should I wear?
100% cotton garments will be provided for you to wear during therapy. A storage area will be available for your personal items, but please leave valuables at home.
What other restrictions should I be aware of?
Personal items are not permitted in the hyperbaric chamber. Please do not bring or use any items that could cause a spark or open flame such as cigarettes, matches or lighters; books, magazines or other paper products; personal hygiene items, especially hair spray, makeup, perfume, deodorant, shaving cream, oil or lotion; or any other hair or skin products.
Removal of jewelry, dentures, partial plates and hearing aids is required. You may also be asked to remove contact lenses, depending on the type of lenses you wear.
How can I prepare for treatment?
Your physician and hyperbaric oxygen team will give you specific instructions about how to prepare for treatment. Some important things to remember include: