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Conditions Treated With and Costs for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

by Rashmi Gulati, MD

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be used to treat patients who suffer from various diseases or injuries associated with hypoxia, or lack of oxygen on a cellular level. HBOT can also be used for its antibiotic properties as it enhances infection control. These conditions include:

FDA Approved Conditions
Non-FDA Approved Off-Label Conditions
Non-FDA Approved Off-Label Conditions
  • Air or gas embolism
  • Acute traumatic ischemia (crush injury, compartment syndrome)
  • Burns
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation
  • Diabetic foot ulcers
  • Exceptional blood loss
  • Decompression sickness
  • Gas gangrene
  • Necrotizing infections
  • Osteomyelitis (refractory)
  • Radiation necrosis
  • Severe anemia
  • Skin grafts and flaps (compromised)
  • Wound healing
  • Macular degeneration
  • Ménière's disease
  • Migraines
  • Mitochondrial disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Near drowning
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Reynaud’s disease
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Severed limbs
  • Sickle cell crisis
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Sports injuries
  • Stroke
  • Surgery recovery
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Vascular disease
  • Visual impairments

In addition to FDA approval, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) endorses HBOT for the treatment of conditions noted in the first column.  The physicians at Patients Medical have treated the conditions included in the table above—both FDA approved and non-FDA approved conditions with off-label applications of the therapeutic modality.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for FDA approved conditions is covered by most insurance plans.  Non-FDA approved off-label uses cost an average of $200 per 60-minute session.

Patients Medical makes no claims as to hyperbaric oxygen therapy efficacy for any condition, other than the indications approved by the FDA. Information within this site is provided for informational and educational purposes only. This information is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your personal physician or any other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.





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Date of Publication: 09/05/2005
Article Last Updated: 11/17/2011