FAQ ABOUT HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY AND WOUND CARE MANAGEMENT
Am I a candidate for Hyperbaric Medicine?
It depends. Most wounds typically can heal within 3-4 weeks of excellent wound care alone. There are however chronic non-healing wounds that may require the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Every insurance provider as well as Medicare has a set of indications (diagnosis) that they stipulate they would reimburse for. The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with one of our hyperbaric physicians to determine the best treatment options.
What are some of the common indications for Hyperbaric Medicine?
- Chronic refractory osteomyelitis,
- Diabetic lower extremity wounds that are a Wagner Grade 3 or above (deep wounds down to tendon or bone),
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Complications from radiation therapy (proctitis, hematuria, etc.)
- Post-surgical healing complications
- Post radiation dental work (pre and post dental surgery)
- Central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO)
- Brachial retinal artery occlusion (BRAO)
- Pre and post nipple delay surgery (for patients undergoing breast cancer treatments)
Do you take cash for Hyperbaric treatments?
Unfortunately some insurance companies do not reimburse for hyperbaric oxygen therapy due to their internal determination that it does not meet their criteria for medical necessity. The short answer is yes we do take cash paying patients but only after we have determined that the insurance does not cover the therapy. Our rates are competitive to the going market rates. Please call us and we can provide those rates for you.
How does the Center work with my doctor?
During your treatment at The Center for Wound Management and Hyperbaric Medicine, your primary care physician remains an integral part of your medical team. Proposed treatment plans are discussed with your physician and he or she is updated on your progress. Your physician remains vital for your routine medical care.
What other potential courses of treatment are available?
As with any course of medical care, treatment depends on the type of wound you have and your health status. During your first visit, our staff of physicians and nurses will evaluate your wound and review your medical history. You may also undergo special non-invasive tests to gauge blood and oxygen flow surrounding the wound.
With diagnostic data and your health history in mind, courses of treatment may include:
- Vascular testing
- Surgical intervention
- Diabetes education
- Nutritional services
- Wound prevention education
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Antibiotic therapy
- Protective footwear
- Setting up home health for dressing changes
- Coordinating with your primary physician
Does my insurance cover wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
Most insurance carriers do pay for wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Please call us at 323.932.5922 for more information on covered indications.
Who do I call for more information?
To find out more about Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and The Wound Management Center, please call 323.932.5WCC (922).