National Insured Medical Indications - HBOT
The following treatments are approved by Israel’s Ministry of Health and are covered by the general health insurance:
Chronic Non-Healing Wounds:
The most common reasons for non-healing wounds include tissue ischemia and local factors such as infection. As the oxygenation level of the wounded limb can be measured, it is possible to objectively evaluate the oxygenation of the tissue independent of other interfering variables. In cases in which the limiting factor for wound healing is ischemia (insufficient oxygen supply), the ischemia can be reversed by HBOT; full healing can be attained and the wounded limb can be rescued. By using HBOT we can prevent leg amputation of ≈ 80% of diabetic patients suffering from non-healing wounds due to their chronic disease.
Post Radiation Tissue Damage:
Treatment of cancer in general has made a significant progress during the last decade. With the advent of technology there is a tendency to prefer radiotherapy (when possible) over surgical intervention. However, despite the advances in radiotherapy technology, a certain percentage of patients suffers from long standing side effects associated with radiation damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. Ionizing radiation, even in therapeutic doses, may damage the endothelium of the small blood vessels and could reduce the oxygen supply to the surrounding tissue. As a result, the damaged tissue becomes ischemic and unrecoverable. By the use of HBOT we can effectively treat the post radiation related injuries even month to years after the radiation was applied.
Avascular Necrosis of the bone (AVN), or aseptic necrosis, can be caused by several diseases or therapeutic interventions. The pathological process in the bone includes injury to blood vessels, ischemia, and necrosis; if left untreated, it may lead to structural bone damage and to the destruction of the joint. By the use of HBOT the non-healing bone can be recovered before its final mechanical collapse.