Frequently asked questions
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Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy safe?
As with all medical procedures, there is always some level of risk. HBOT is not completely without risk but is considered to be extremely safe.
The main hazards presented are to people with specific health problems, such as pneumothorax (collapsed lung) or any ear trouble, such as middle or outer ear infections.
Your safety is paramount, and a risk assessment is carried out accordingly before therapy, with all risks being discussed with you before you sign your consent form.
Do I need to be referred for treatment?
Our clients here at HybO2 are generally self-referred after hearing about the benefits of HBOT.
GPs might suggest hyperbaric treatment for certain conditions, however, but these are not NHS referrals.
You can come for therapy here at HybO2 House without a referral, and we will perform our own consultation before your session.
Will my insurance company cover the cost of therapy?
We have had some clients approach their private medical insurance companies to pay for their therapy here at HybO2 House. Two PMI companies we know of that have agreed to cover costs are AXA and WPA, but it might differ from company to company.
What are the side effects of HBOT?
Possible side-effects may include fatigue and light-headedness. More severe problems can include:
- Lung damage
- Rupture or perforation of the eardrum
- Sinus damage
- Changes in vision, causing near-sightedness, or myopia
- Oxygen poisoning, which can cause lung failure, fluid in the lungs, or seizures
Side effects are generally mild as long as:
- The therapy doesn’t last more than 2 hours
- Chamber doesn’t exceed 3 times normal atmospheric pressure
Our sessions are always less than 2 hours and chambers never exceed 2.0 ATA, providing a wide margin of safety, with nearly all the above side-effects totally negated.
How long does treatment last?
Here at HybO2 House treatment can either last 60 or 90 minutes, depending on the length of treatment you choose.
Are there different types of hyperbaric chambers?
There are basically two types of chambers: monoplace and multiplace.
Monoplace chambers are designed to treat a single person, whereas multiplace can accommodate several clients at once.
Are multiplace chambers available at HybO2?
Currently we only offer therapy in monoplace chambers.
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