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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Frequently Asked Questions

Does insurance cover hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

In general, insurance plans and Medicare cover the conditions listed above. For specific questions about insurance coverage, we recommend contacting your insurance provider.

What conditions are Medicare approved?

  • Actinomycosis
  • Burns
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Gas gangrene
  • Compromised existing skin graft
  • Osteomyelitis (bone infections)
  • Progressive necrotizing infections
  • Crush injuries
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Decompression Illness
  • Gas embolism
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis(radiation tissue damage)
  • Cyanide poisoning

What other conditions are approved by many insurance companies?

  • Acute blood loss anemia
  • Burns
  • Smoke inhalation
  • Brown recluse spider bites

What education is offered along with treatment?

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Diabetic education
  • Wound care education
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy orientation

What safety concerns are there in this treatment?

Because the chamber is pressurized with 100% oxygen, we cannot allow certain items to be taken inside. These include lighters or matches, cigarettes, nylons, wigs, or hair pieces, petroleum jelly, ointments, hearing aids, watches, makeup, lipstick or lip balm, hair spray, hair oil or relaxers, synthetic clothing or hard contact lenses.

Should you have any questions, we will be happy to discuss them with you before treatment begins.

Are there side effects to this treatment?

Before your initial treatment, hyperbaric oxygen therapy will be explained in detail including any potential side effects you might experience. You will then sign an informed consent as you would for any hospital treatment.

The most common treatable side effects are:

  • Fullness or stuffiness in your ears
  • Confinement anxiety
  • Temporary, slight blurred vision
  • Temporary light headedness
  • Temporary muscle discomfort

Is there flexibility in scheduling?

Our unit offers both inpatient and outpatient services, providing a convenient way for working individuals to receive treatment. Appointments are made in consideration of your schedule during regular working hours.

Who offers the treatment?

Our unit is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of professionals who have received special training in wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. They will work with your referring doctor to coordinate a plan of care to achieve the best possible outcomes.

St. Mary's Health System • 93 Campus Avenue • Lewiston, ME 04240