The cost of hyperbaric oxygen treatment varies based on the number of treatments that the patient requires. However, prices generally range from $160 for a single treatment at a private clinic, to over $2,000 for a single treatment at a hospital.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves the patient breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tank, allowing the air pressure to be increased to three times its normal pressure. This allows the lungs to receive more oxygen, which promotes healing in damaged body tissues. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is usually associated with the treatment of decompression sickness in deep sea divers, also called "the bends," which occurs when air bubbles form in the blood as a result of the diver moving from a highly pressurized area of water to the low pressurized surface of the water.