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Hyperbaric oxygenation provides an increased amount of oxygen circulating throughout the body.  This increase triggers an enormous number of changes within, virtually affecting every biological process.  By increasing the amount of available oxygen to the cells in the body, it permits the cells to naturally cause changes in the body itself.  Natural healing.  It is from the cumulative effect of this therapy that external changes become noticeable for many diagnoses.  As no two individuals are alike even with the same diagnosis, individual results will vary. 

Listed below are some of the many indications (diagnoses) that have benefited from the use of hyperbaric oxygenation therapy.  It is not a complete list.  The first part, the Medicare List, is the generally accepted as insurable conditions list, and as you can see, it is limited.  But NOT ALL INSURANCE COMPANIES GO BY THIS LIST!  Insurance carriers have their own rules concerning hyperbaric oxygen therapy and we strongly encourage you to check with your carrier for coverage considerations. See FAQ's for more information.

Medicare's current Covered Conditions List (June 2006)
Acute Carbon Monoxide Intoxication
Gas gangrene
Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia. (As an adjunct to accepted standard therapeutic measures when loss of function, limb, or life is threatened)
Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs. (As an adjunctive treatment when loss of function, limb, or life is threatened)
Progressive necrotizing infections (necrotizing fasciitis)
Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
Preparation and preservation of compromised skin grafts (not for primary management of wounds)
Chronic refractory osteomyelitis, unresponsive to conventional medical and surgical management
Osteoradionecrosis as an adjunct to conventional treatment
Soft tissue radionecrosis as an adjunct to conventional treatment (e.g. radiation cystitis, radiation proctitis)
Cyanide poisoning
Actinomycosis, (as an adjunct to conventional therapy when the disease process is refractory to antibiotics and surgical treatment)

Diabetic wounds of the lower extremities in patients who meet the following three criteria:

a. Patient has type I or type II diabetes and has a lower extremity wound that is due to diabetes;

b. Patient has a wound classified as Wagner grade III or higher; and

c. Patient has failed an adequate course of standard wound therapy.

The use of HBO therapy is covered as adjunctive therapy only after there are no measurable signs of healing for at least 30 days of treatment with standard wound therapy and must be used in addition to standard wound care.

Noncovered Conditions

All other indications not specified under 270.4(A) (above) are not covered under the Medicare program. No program payment may be made for any conditions other than those listed in 270.4(A).

This listing is for a few of the many diagnoses for which hyperbaric oxygen centers around the country have offered treatment. 
 
Neurological Indications
Miscellaneous Indications