Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a treatment used to help decrease the half-life of carboxyhemoglobin, and accelerate the healing of gangrene, wounds and infections, among many afflictions that respond well to oxygen therapy.
How Does HBOT Work?
HBOT has been healing people since its conception in the 1600’s. In the 1940’s, the therapy was utilized to treat deep-sea divers from decompression sickness. In the sixties, HBOT was found to be successful in treating carbon monoxide poisoning.
HBOT takes place in a chamber that releases pure oxygen in air pressure levels 1.5 to three times higher than average. As a result, the blood is filled with more than enough oxygen to repair damaged tissue and body functions.
In hyperbaric treatment, there is an increased amount of oxygen dissolved in the plasma part of blood. Since the oxygen is in the solution, it could reach areas in the body where red blood cells cannot.
Cost of HBOT
Recently, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health, concluded that HBOT is cost-effective compared with standard methods of care. According to the study, the 12-year cost for patients getting HBOT was $40,695 compared to $49,786 standard care alone. On home soil Medicare and health insurances have also recognized the effectiveness of HBOT for a number of diagnoses, 11 of which are covered by insurance companies. Outside of those 11 diagnoses there are many other indications which see marked improvement and relief from HBOT. At RegenQuest we understand the importance of providing the treatment needed regardless of coverage and will work together with our patients whose diagnoses are not covered by insurance toward a more affordable treatment plan.
Insurance Covers Some HBOT Treatments
While Medicare and health insurances see the benefits of Hyperbaric medicines, treatments and therapies – they only cover 11 diagnoses treatment options. Those that are not covered can enjoy a more affordable cost with us, which is why RegenQuest should be at the top of the list when considering which HBOT provider to enlist on the journey to regenerative and optimal health.
RegenQuest has a list of treatments utilizing HBOT that are reimbursable from Medicare as well as most health insurance providers. Some of the approved HBOT treatments are for:
- Wound Care – Wounds require oxygen to heal. Oxygen heals wounds by the production of granulation tissue. According to The University Center of Wound Healing “continuous supply of oxygen to the tissue through microcirculation is vital for the healing process and for resistance to infection. Evaluation of tissue perfusion and oxygenation is important in all types of wound patients.”
- Diabetic Wounds – HBOT is effective in treating diabetic wounds in the feet. Ever since the first successful trial was reported in Diabetes Care more than 20 years ago, HBOT has been useful in treating diabetic foot ulcers. According to Podiatry Today, 20% of patients admitted to the hospital for diabetes, are admitted for diabetic foot ulcers.
- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – Every year, 50,000 people are rushed to the emergency department as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. Breathing oxygen has always been an effective therapy for CO poisoning, because it removes carboxyhemglobin (COHb). However, hyperbaric oxygen, hastens COHb removal and “favorably modulates inflammatory process instigated by CO poisoning”. If you are a pregnant woman and exposed to carbon monoxide, HBOT could increase the chances of having a healthy baby.
HBOT can potentially save thousands of lives and improve many more. However, now that many insurance companies are covering HBOT treatments, proper care will be delivered for many patients. Contact RegenQuest for more information on how you can benefit from HBOT.