Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

Please note: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is not operated by NIIM Gold Coast, but is owned and operated by Gold Coast Hyperbaric Pain Management Clinic Pty Ltd, and housed within the NIIM Gold Coast centre. For more information about their services, click here.

What is hyperbaric oxyGen therapy?

Hyperbaric Oxygen is the administration of 100% oxygen in a controlled environment that exerts up to three times normal atmospheric pressure.  Under these conditions, larger amounts of oxygen are dissolved into the plasma and tissue, typically 10 to 15 times the usual amount. This dissolved oxygen can penetrate areas of the body  which may have been receiving poor or restricted blood flow. The increased oxygen levels in the tissue stimulate healing processes including the growth of new blood vessels (angiogenesis), the migration of white blood cells and the proliferation of fibroblasts, allowing the body to change the disease processes.

WHEN IS HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY USED?

The following list of 14 Indications are reimbursed by Government Funded Healthcare in the USA. In Australia the six indications as marked above are reimbursed by Medicare in Australian Hospitals only. **

1.    Air or gas embolism **
2.    Decompression sickness **
3.    Necrotizing soft tissue infections **
4.    Delayed radiation injury (soft tissue and bone necrosis) **
5.    Diabetic Ulcers ** 
6.    Enhancement of healing in selected problem wounds **
7.    Carbon monoxide poisoning and CO poisoning complicated by cyanide poisoning
8.    Clostridal myositis and myonecrosis, (gas gangrene)
9.    Crush injury, compartment syndrome, and other acute traumatic ischemia
10.    Exceptional blood loss (anemia)
11.    Intracranial abscess, actinomycosis
12.    Refractory osteomyelitis (Infected bone)
13.    Skin grafts and flaps (compromised)
14.    Thermal burns

NON-Medicare covered conditions are classified as “off label” 

These conditions are considered Investigational and are compiled from the International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation.

It is generally understood that HBOT does not directly treat these conditions but may target the physiological processes contributing to them. Some of the "Off Label" generally accepted conditions are:
•    Auto Immune Diseases
•    Amputation Recovery
•    Cerebral Palsy
•    Closed Head Injury
•    Diabetic Conditions
•    Post Stroke/ Heart attack recovery
•    Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy     
•    Spinal Cord Injury
•    Tick borne diseases
•    Traumatic Brain Injury
•    Migraine / Headaches
•    Multiple Sclerosis
•    Wound Care/Post-Surgical Healing

How do I get referred for treatment?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a referral only service. A consultation is scheduled for patient evaluation using criteria established by the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Our team works in concert with other clinicians caring for the patient so that hyperbaric oxygen treatments are coordinated with other therapies. Throughout the course of treatment, regular progress reports are sent to the patient’s other physicians, documenting the patient’s progress.

What does Hbot feel like?

During the HBOT pressurisation phase, patients experience pressure changes similar to being in an a plane as it changes altitude. These periods of pressurising last for five to ten minutes to allow for a safe, comfortable transition to treatment pressure. Our fully trained operators are present at all times to coach and assist patients in equalising middle ear pressure.

Are there any side effects?

Generally, patients do not experience side effects from HBOT. However, as with all medical treatments, some side effects may occur. These side effects are rare, but are discussed with patients prior to treatment. Some conditions require special precuations and a few conditions preclude treatment.

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Our Facility

We have state of the art chambers equipped to not only meet, but exceed all safety standards in the field. Our chambers allow us to treat each client individually, providing a private and personalised service. The chambers are spacious and provide enough room for the patient and any caretakers to comfortably relax during the therapy session.

We provide each patient with several in-chamber options including:

  • Daily fresh 100% Hyperbaric approved scrubs
  • Library of movies for entertainment
  • Chambers equipped for music play

This information is provided for educational purposes only.  Always seek the advice of  your practitioner or qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding specific medical indications.  The information provided does not constitute a medical recommendation and no claims, either real or implied, are being made.