If a patient feels that he/she may benefit from HBO, they should approach their health professional and discuss the possibility of a referral. The health professional may recognize contra-indications or risks and advise the patient accordingly and write a referral letter.
Patients are welcome to contact us directly and schedule an appointment for an assessment and be advised on the next required steps (i.e. check-up with another specialist such as ENT if our doctor encounters any possible problems).
If a nurse / sister or any family member or friend knows of someone who may benefit from HBO, they are welcome to forward our details to the patients concerned. We will gladly schedule an appointment and liaise between health care providers.
We assist our patients with their medical aid approval and will inform the patient and other relevant doctors on their decisions and starting date if approved. If the authorization was denied, we will give the patient the option of paying privately. We will help where we can to assist our patients. All emergency cases will be treated if it is life or limb threatening condition and this will be done without medical aid approval.
While being taken down to pressure, it may feel quite warm and will be a bit noisy.
During this period of recompression (taken down to treatment depth), you will feel the need to equalize your ears intermittently while they adjust to the pressure. (The chamber operator and doctor will explain various techniques on how this may be done)
Once the treatment depth has been reached, you won't feel any different. You are encouraged to relax as much as possible, by watching TV (sound fed to the chamber from the TV), bring a DVD from home, and listen to the radio or just sleep.
Smokers are strongly urged to stop smoking throughout the duration of their treatment schedule (i.e. from day of first session up until a while after the day of the very last session). Smoking (even just one puff) reduces the amount of oxygen that is delivered in the blood to the wound site, therefore counteracting the benefits of oxygen.
Conditions approved by and accepted internationally by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society:
The most common are barotraumas to the following body spaces:
Oxygen toxicity (rarely occurs) symptons include:
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