Hyperbaric Oxygen

Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO)

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO)?

Hyperbaric means the pressure on the body is above the normal one atmospheric pressure that is present at sea level. Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy facilitates increased oxygen absorption in the lungs.  The amount of oxygen administered may be normal 21%, or it could be increased up to 100%.  This also increases the oxygenation of the blood as it passes through the lungs.

What is HBO used for?

Traditionally, HBO has been a life-saver for divers that get the bends when they rise to the surface too fast.  In conventional medicine, It has been approved for specific indications, but especially used in wounds that will not heal.  Although the research on the effectiveness of HBO use for brain trauma is just as strong as skin wounds, it is not approved for this purpose with reimbursement by most insurance companies.  However, it is one of the few effective treatments for strokes and brain trauma, or any condition where oxygen cannot get to an area of the body.

How many treatments does it take to help my brain, and how much does it cost?

For brain injury or stroke, it will take at least 20 treatments, at least two and optimally three per week.  Each treatment will take about 60 minutes and cost $100.  Many patients will need more than one batch of 20 treatments.

Although Dr. Gardner has extensive experience with hyperbaric oxygen treatments, he presently does not have a hyperbaric oxygen chamber in his office.  If you think you could benefit from this modality, you and he will work out the best arrangement for your care.