Frequently Asked Questions

At Genesis Hyperbarics, we are here to help guide our patients through the hyperbaric oxygen therapy, cryotherapy, and red light therapy processes.

Yes. HBOT has minimal side effects and our health care team will closely monitor you throughout the treatment.

Hyperbaric oxygen treatments use a combination of increased atmospheric pressure and inspired oxygen concentration to greatly increase the amount of oxygen in the blood. The increase in oxygen concentration allows oxygenation of tissues that are not getting enough oxygen at baseline, encourages new blood vessels to grow into these oxygen deprived tissues, and helps the body eliminate bacteria.

Treatments last about 90 – 120 minutes.

There are commonly two kinds of hyperbaric chambers. A “mono-place” chamber is a single occupancy chamber usually with a wraparound acrylic body that gives the person inside the chamber a very open feel. These chambers are compressed with oxygen and/or can be compressed with air in which a breathing mask or hood is utilized to breathe the oxygen. A “multi-place” chamber is a larger chamber that can treat more than one person at a time and is compressed by air and a mask or hood is used to breathe oxygen. Patients are continuously monitored by a technician while inside the chamber.

We do not allow anything inside of the chamber. The patient will be required to wear cotton scrubs. We provide a pillow and blanket for comfort. No electronic or battery powered devices are allowed inside of the hyperbaric chamber. Our chambers are equipped with televisions on the outside of the chamber while the audio is pumped inside for entertainment during sessions. Water is permitted inside the chamber.

We do require a prescription and/or referral in order to attend sessions at Genesis Hyperbarics. Our medical director, Dr. Morgan Kensington can see you for this screening appointment. A prescribing doctor familiar with hyperbaric medicine may write the script as well. He or she will determine if hyperbaric treatments are appropriate for you, order any necessary tests, and discuss the treatment options.

This depends on your specific condition and your body's response to HBOT. Some cases require as many as 40 treatments, but many are addressed in fewer than 20 sessions.

The most common side effect are the ears equalizing to the chamber pressure. This is similar to how your ears pop while flying or driving up into the mountains. This can linger in some clients hours after a session yet acclimation will increase as the number of sessions do. The rate at which the atmospheric pressure inside the chamber is controlled by a technician who can adjust the pressure change to your pace thus makes this procedure quite comfortable. Some patients may experience some fatigue in the first few sessions but not enough to interfere with normal daily routines.

All forms of tobacco use should be avoided while going through a series of hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Insurance and Medicare consider the following conditions for HBOT to be covered for payment:

  • Decompression Sickness
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Gas Gangrene
  • Air or Gas Embolism
  • Compartment Syndrome/Crush Injury/Other Traumatic Ischemias
  • Diabetic and Selected Wounds
  • Exceptional Blood Loss (Anemia)
  • Intracranial Abscess
  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infection
  • Osteoradionecrosis and Radiation Tissue Damage
  • Osteomyelitis (Refractory)
  • Sudden Hearing Loss / Sensineural Hearing Loss
  • Skin Grafts and (Compromised) Flaps
  • Thermal Burns
The following conditions are considered off-label and may benefit from HBOT:

  • TBI / PTSD
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism
  • MS / Parkinson’s / ALS
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stroke
  • Recovery from Plastic surgery / Ischemia
  • Near Drowning
  • Lyme Disease
  • Migraine
  • Addiction withdrawal / recovery
  • Tinnitus
  • Peripheral Neuropathy / CRPS
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Anti-Aging

Please feel free to inquire to find out if HBOT may be of benefit to you.