Having a serious medical condition is something that requires your full attention. You should ensure whatever you do, it will deliver the results you are looking for. Medical procedures should be safe, proven to work and be supervised by qualified health care professionals.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is one area of medicine that has many options given to you, and sometimes the providers are not always equal. There are many small operators offering mild hyperbaric treatment using portable, inflatable chambers – sometimes they might even offer you the convenience of coming to your home. These are really not true hyperbaric chambers and the benefits of using them are very questionable.
Mild hyperbaric chambers are not able to replicate the same depth as a medical grade chamber. The lack of pressure and the level and quality of the oxygen given will limit the ability to encourage healing and growth of bone and soft tissue. There is also a major concern around safety – most of the mild hyperbaric chambers are operated by non-hyperbaric qualified operators – and the important safety checks and procedures may not be in place due to the small size and inexperience of the operators. But most of all there really is no evidence that these chambers do anything for your condition and you could be wasting your money by choosing them.
For over 20 years Wesley Hyperbaric has been successfully treating patients for a range of conditions. We offer a full medical grade service and product that is accredited and approved by most major health funds – and for certain conditions, Medicare. The fact that conditions are covered by health care funds is an indication that there is sufficient scientific evidence that the treatment works. Our service offers a non-invasive and safe process. All completed under the supervision of our expert and fully qualified technicians, nurses and doctors. And we are located within the Wesley Hospital medical precinct.
The Wesley Hyperbaric offers a completely different, and superior service than those of the small mild hyperbaric chambers. The following table gives a side by side comparison to really highlight to you that when making your decision to choose hyperbaric therapy for your condition there really is only one choice you should make:
|Wesley Hyperbaric||Mild hyperbaric chamber|
|Usually Pressurised to 14 metres||Only capable of depths of 2.5 metres|
|100 per cent oxygen||Air (21 per cent oxygen 79 per cent nitrogen)|
|Encourages growth of bone and tissue||Does not grow bone and tissue|
|Accredited through research||No research or accreditation|
|Covered by major health funds and Medicare||No cover for treatment|
|Medical grade treatment||Treatment is not proven to work|
|Highly regulated industry||No qualification or license needed|
|Safety technicians and monitoring of conditions to ensure safety at all times||No provision of safety checks or monitoring of situations within the chamber|
|Arterial oxygen at 2.4 ATA 100% oxygen is 1,824 mmHg (normal air pressure is 157mmHg). This refers to how much oxygen is getting into the body, what is making the changes.||Arterial oxygen at 1.3 ATA 24% oxygen is 230 mmHg (normal air pressure is 157mmHg).|
|Safe in the knowledge that the staff are fully qualified hyperbaric medical professionals||Often a single operator, small business owner handling all the procedures and processes.|
Why not take the time to read about the full range of conditions we treat at Wesley Hyperbaric. We have some case studies on our website too so you can hear about some successes we have had with our patients.
If you think you might need some more information, then please contact us and we can help you with your decision and get you on the right tracks to making a recovery.