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HBOT: Treatable Conditions

Nirvana has compiled this full reference list of the FDA approved conditions that are treatable with HBOT, as well as investigational conditions where mounting case studies are showing significant benefits.  In general, HBOT offers unique therapeutic advantages for patients such as stem cell production, improved mitochondrial ATP generation, improved wound and bone healing, new blood vessel growth, as well as improved immune activity during chronic infections.

The following is a list of diagnoses and conditions treated by hyperbarics that are typically covered by health insurance:

  • Conditions related to cancer treatments and radiation damage
  • Infections in tissue, muscle, bone or skin, and/or drug resistant infections
  • Sores and gangrene that will not heal or that are related to diabetes
  • Surgical sites with grafts or flaps
  • Bones and/or tissue that are difficult to heal
  • Acute severe problems from accidents (e.g. crushed leg, arm, fingers)
  • Rare conditions such as decompression sickness, anemia, burns, carbon monoxide poisoning, or emboli from air or gas
  • Swelling of the brain, cerebral edema

Medicare Approved Conditions for Hyperbarics:

  • Acute carbon monoxide intoxication
  • Decompression illness
  • Gas embolism
  • Gas gangrene
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia. HBO therapy is a valuable adjunctive treatment to be used in combination with accepted standard therapeutic measures when loss of function, limb, or life is threatened.
  • Crush injuries and suturing of severed limbs (limb reattachment). As with the previous conditions, HBO therapy would be an adjunctive treatment when loss of function, limb, or life is threatened.
  • Progressive necrotizing infections (necrotizing fasciitis)
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Treatment of compromised grafts and flaps
  • 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
  • Cyanide poisoning
  • Actinomycosis, only 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 have a Wagner grade III wound that is non-responsive to standard medical care for 30 days.  

Other Treatable Conditions currently in the investigational category:

  • PTSD
  • Autism
  • Lyme Disease
  • Skin and other infections
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Wounds not covered by Medicare
  • Diabetes
  • Sudden blindness or deafness
  • Eye conditions (such as macular edema)
  • Perineal Crohn's Disease
  • Sickle Cell Disease with Crisis
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Scleroderma
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Athletic injury
  • Closed head injury
  • Coma
  • Cerebral Edema
  • Migraine/Cluster Headache
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis (certain aspects)
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and other neurological disorders
  • Chronic fatigue symptoms
  • Orthopedic problems-sprains/strains chronic or acute/fractures non-healing
  • Myocardial problems
  • Liver detoxification enhancement
  • Colon disorders
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Chronic pain

For more information on the approved and treatable conditions for hyperbaric oxygen theapy, please check out our Studies & Testimonials page.

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