Frequently Asked Questions

Does insurance cover treatments?

Medicare and Insurance may not cover these treatments.  Medicare coverage is sometimes available for very severe lower extremity non-healing wounds or radiation induced injury.

We understand the financial burden that these cutting edge treatments may cause an issue for families.  Please rest assured that will work with everyone to build an effective treatment plan that is also affordable.  Please contact our staff for payment plans and options.

How long does each treatment last?

Treatments generally last between 50 to 70 minutes The pressure used will vary as will the total time of treatment.

How often do I need treatment?

Every patient is different, and every treatment plan is unique.  However, as a general rule you can say that  the frequency and duration of treatment depends on the problem and how long it has been present.  The longer the duration of the problem, the slower will be the progress. Generally the more treatments in a time interval the more rapid will be the improvement.  Once a stabilized level of improvement is reached then some patients may require additional treatments at weekly or biweekly intervals to maintain the improvement.

Is there an age requirement | limit?

The chambers we have are built for one-person at a time.  Therefore the only age requirement is that they are old enough to sit and don’t panic when they are closed in.  For small children, a parent may sit in the chamber with the child.  This works very well and the small children seem to be comforted by the parent’s presence. An infant or small child must be able to tolerate a mask or helmet.

Is it hard to get in and out of the chamber?

The chamber is built to accomodate individuals up to 6’3″ and weight of 300.  We haven’t had anyone in our practice that could not use the chamber because of their inability to get in and out of the chamber.   We have patients in walkers and wheelchairs who are able to get into the chamber without a problem. For those patients who need it,  assistance is available.  Below, the staff demonstrates what getting in and out the chamber looks like.

Can I receive treatment if I am pregnant?

While always at the discretion of the doctor, the general consensus is that you may safely undergo treatments in the early stages of pregnancy.  In fact, in some countries, hyperbaric treatment is explicitly recommended to combat some complications of early pregnancy.  Each person’s health is personally monitored by Dr. Larson, and recommendation made on an individual basis.

The most extensive clinical experience has been reported from Russia, where more than 700 pregnant women have been treated with HBOT during all stage of gestation for hypoxemia of various orgins.  According to these reports, HBOT significantly improves the condition of the mother and fetus and reduces prenatal complications and mortality.  The lack of detrimental effects of HBOT on fetus and neonates has been reported by some Western authors.

How long before I start noticing results?

There are so many factors that go into trying to answer that question, Dr. Larson will make that assessment during his initial consultation with you. While some notice improvement after several treatments, some chronic conditions take longer (up to 20-40 treatments).  The longer the duration of the problem, the slower the improvement.

What will I feel during treatment?

Generally speaking, taking a hyperbaric treatment is a painless, most say pleasurable, experience.  During the periods of compression, and decompression, you may experience some temporary “fullness” in ears, similar to when an airplane is ascending and descending.  However, these symptoms  are easily treated by wiggling your jaw back and forth, coughing and swallowing to relieve the pressure.  Your technician can show you everything you need to know.

What will I feel after treatment?

Most patients feel absolutely fine after a treatment, and are able to return to normal activities right away.  Some people find it effective to rest a few minutes afterwards, which is not a problem at all.  There might be a brief period of adjustment while we refine the atmospheric pressure and duration that is optimal for you and your condition.

What if I am claustrophobic?

We’ve never had a problem with someone feeling claustrophobic in our chambers.  There is enough room for each patient to sit comfortably.  There is a big viewing window where you can watch TV, and talk with the staff. When you come to our office for the first time, you will be able to see and even sit in the chamber, to rule out that it won’t be an issue for you.

Will I get my own mask/hood?

Yes, you will have your own hood or mask and tubing. Clinically the hood and mask are equally effective.  Which you prefer is a matter of personal preference. Your tubing and hood or mask are your own and only used by you.