Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) in Columbia MO

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in Columbia MO is a well-recognized medical treatment which enhances the body’s natural healing processes. HBOT consists of delivering up to 100% oxygen at greater than atmospheric pressure. HBOT has been widely employed throughout the world for decades to treat a large array of medical conditions.
HBOT is administered at Lordex Spine Center of Columbia, P.C. under the collaboration of Dr Brooks Travis, D.C. and Dr. Sudhir Batchu, M.D., M.S. in a monoplace chamber. Clear windows allow trained Staff and or HBO technicians to closely monitor you and permit you to readily see outside the chamber. You are in constant communication with the attending technician via intercom. Inside the chamber, your entire body will be totally immersed in up to 100% pure oxygen at increased pressure, which dissolves high concentrations of oxygen into the blood, plasma, tissues and every cell of the body. HBOT can deliver up to almost 22 times as much oxygen to tissues as would occur breathing normal room air. The frequency and duration of your treatment will be determined by the attending physician and varies with the condition being treated.

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How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Works in Columbia MO

When a patient is immersed in and breathes pure oxygen at pressures ranging up to three times normal atmospheric pressure, oxygen tension in the lungs rises from its normal of 90 to 100 to almost 2200 millimeters of mercury pressure. Great amounts of oxygen are dissolved in all body tissues and fluids. Increased levels of oxygen remain for up to several hours after the treatment ends. During this time, white cells are better able to kill bacteria in infected tissues. Healing is accelerated as collagen and fibroblasts are laid down to create a base for new capillary growth. New blood vessel formation is accelerated. The high oxygen concentrations in nerve tissues can revive brain cells stunned by stroke or other neurological injuries.

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Treatment Experience

Hyperbaric treatments usually last one to one and one-half hours and are painless. The patient may experience a sensation of “fullness” in the ears, similar to driving down a mountain, flying or scuba diving. The “full” feeling occurs as the eardrums respond to the change in pressure. The HBOT technician demonstrates how to relieve this fullness before treatment.

Once a patient is in the chamber and the door is closed, the oxygen begins to circulate. This starts a gradual increase in pressure-called compression. There may be some slight warmth, but that is temporary. The HBOT technician remains by the chamber throughout the treatment to adjust the rate of compression according to patient tolerance and to coach the patient on relieving the “full” sensation in the ears. Compression generally lasts 10-15 minutes depending on how effectively one can clear his or her ears. When the interior of the chamber reaches the prescribed pressure, the sensation of “fullness” in the ears will cease and the patient is free to rest or watch TV. The temperature in the chamber remains at room temperature.

Near to the end of the treatment, the HBO technician will gradually decrease pressure that was added at the beginning. This is decompression, which generally lasts 10 to 15 minutes. During decompression, there may be a slight “popping” sensation in the ears as a result of the changing (decreasing) pressure. This “popping” is a normal adjustment, similar to what happens when driving up a mountain or ascending in an airplane. It is usually much easier to equalize ear pressure during decompression than during the compression phase.

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After Effects

Generally patients experience no after effects from HBOT. However, some patients report a “cracking” sensation in their ears between treatments as oxygen behind the eardrums is absorbed into the blood stream. This can be relieved in the same manner as clearing the ears during compression and decompression. Also, some patients report feeling light headed for a few minutes immediately following a treatment, but this is brief, and they are quickly able to continue with their normal daily activities such as working or driving.

As with all medical procedures and treatments, some potential side effects may result from exposure to hyperbaric oxygen. These are rare, but will be discussed in detail by the doctor before treatment.

Does insurance cover hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments?

A question we’re often asked is “Does insurance cover hyperbaric oxygen therapy?”

The short answer is yes, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can be covered by Medicare and commercial insurances depending on the medical condition.

Most insurances will require prior authorization to cover HBOT treatments. How much you pay out-of-pocket depends on your insurance plan. Some insurance plans require patients to pay a copay, while others require patients to pay towards a deductible or coinsurance.

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Lordex Spine Center Of Columbia

3400 Buttonwood Dr Ste C
Columbia, MO 65201
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