Undersea and Hyperbaric (Dive) Medicine


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the use of pressurized oxygen to treat a variety of clinical conditions by increasing the concentration of oxygen within the body making it readily available for complex biochemical processes including production of energy and repair of damaged cells. The treatment is performed within a hyperbaric chamber in which the entire body surface is exposed to compressed gas.

Emergent indications:
  • Flesh eating bacteria (necrotizing fasciitis) 
  • Decompression sickness from diving or altitude exposure
  • Arterial gas emboli 
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning 
  • Failed surgical flaps
  • Intracranial abscess 
  • sudden loss of vision (Stroke of the eye) 
  • Sudden hearing loss
Non-emergent indications:
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis 
  • Non healing diabetic wounds
  • Delayed radiation injury 
  • Hematuria (bloody urine) from radiation injury 
  • Fitness to dive assessments (dive physical)
  • Fitness to ascend altitudes
Wound Care:
  • Chronic diabetic wounds  
  • Atypical non-healing wounds
  • Pyoderma Gangrenosum
  • Post surgical athletic injuries
  • Refractory Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn’s disease

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Infectious Disease

A selection of conditions we treat:

  • Sepsis
  • Transplant related infection 
  • HIV/Aids & other sexually transmitted infections
  • Lyme disease
  • Malaria and other tropical diseases
  • Tuberculosis
  • Urinary tract infection
  • C.difficle diarrhea
  • Meningitis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Bacterial Pneumonia
  • Influenza pneumonia
  • COVID pneumonitis
  • Fungal infections
  • Scabies
  • Shingles
  • Sinusitis
  • Cellulitis

Natural Pain Management

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine - OMM

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) is a specialized form of manual medicine which evaluates and normalizes the complex relationship between structure and function within the body. It specifically addresses the neuromuscular, skeletal and lymphatic systems within the human body and allows for natural course of healing. OMM is manually applying a specific amount of pressure to different regions in the body.  These techniques can help:

  • Treat structural and tissue abnormalities
  • Relieve joint restriction and misalignment
  • Restore muscle and tissue balance
  • Promote the overall movement of blood flow throughout the body

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine reduces a patient’s dependency on medication over time and is a natural, simpler way of relieving pain.

Osteopathic physicians practice a “patient-centered” approach, which recognizes that the physician must address the patient’s sociological and psychological universe in order to improve the quality and duration of their life. DOs concentrate on disease prevention and health promotion 

Preventative Care

Chronic pain and disease can be prevented

The Human body’s natural tendency is towards good health and so our focus in on disease prevention by promoting good health and encouraging the body to heal itself.

Chronic pain and disease can be prevented (and treated) by encouraging blood flow and reducing inflammation. A good dietary and exercise habit is also essential. Therefore, we encourage lifestyle modifications and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) with the goal of leaving their pain management medications behind. 

We offer a plethora of preventative care services such as consulting with a Nutritionist to discuss diet as it affects your health and empowering you with all you need to change your dietary and exercise habits. We also encourage an anti-inflammatory diet plan.

As an osteopathic physician with many years of experience using osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), Dr. Tomoye is also able to use this modality to encourage your body’s natural healing tendency toward a state of good health.

Acute and Chronic Issues

We offer diagnostics for many acute symptoms, a few of which are listed below. 

  • Neuropathy
  • Neck and back pain 
  • Arthritis (shoulder, knee hip, etc.)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Improve poor arterial blood flow
  • Sinus and allergy discomfort

Frequently Asked Questions.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a medical treatment that involves the use of pure oxygen in a pressurized environment to promote healing and alleviate various medical conditions. This therapy is administered in a specialized chamber, where the patient breathes in 100% medical grade oxygen at a pressure higher than the normal atmospheric pressure.

  • HBOT uses pure oxygen in a pressurized environment.
  • It promotes healing and alleviates various medical conditions including sudden vision and sudden hearing loss.
  • The treatment is administered in a specialized chamber.

During a HBOT session, the patient is placed inside a hyperbaric chamber, which is then pressurized to a level higher than the normal atmospheric pressure. The patient breathes in 100% oxygen, leading to an increased oxygen concentration in the blood. This increase in oxygen levels enhances the body's natural healing processes, reduces inflammation, and promotes the growth of new blood vessels in damaged tissues.

  • The chamber is pressurized to a level higher than normal atmospheric pressure.
  • Patients breathe in 100% oxygen, increasing oxygen concentration in the blood.
  • Enhanced oxygen levels improve the body's natural healing processes.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is used to treat a wide range of medical conditions, including but not limited to:

  1. Decompression sickness: A condition that affects divers who surface too quickly, causing nitrogen bubbles to form in the body's tissues.
  2. Carbon monoxide poisoning: HBOT can help to eliminate carbon monoxide from the bloodstream and reduce the risk of long-term neurological damage.
  3. Chronic non-healing wounds: HBOT promotes wound healing in patients with conditions like diabetes, peripheral artery disease, or radiation injury.
  4. Infections: HBOT can aid in treating certain bacterial and fungal infections by enhancing the body's immune response.
  5. Tissue hypoxia: HBOT can increase oxygen levels in tissues that have a reduced blood supply due to trauma, surgery, or vascular disease.
  • HBOT treats decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning, and chronic non-healing wounds.
  • It aids in treating certain infections and alleviating tissue hypoxia.
  • The therapy is effective for a wide range of medical conditions.

While Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is generally considered safe, there are some risks and side effects associated with the treatment. These may include:

  1. Barotrauma: Due to the change in pressure during HBOT, some patients may experience ear pain or sinus discomfort. This can usually be managed with proper equalization techniques and medication if necessary.
  2. Oxygen toxicity: Prolonged exposure to high levels of oxygen can lead to oxygen toxicity, which can cause seizures. However, this is rare and typically occurs only in patients receiving treatment for more extended periods.
  3. Temporary vision changes: Some patients may experience temporary nearsightedness (myopia) after several sessions of HBOT, which usually resolves within a few weeks.
  • Barotrauma, oxygen toxicity, and temporary vision changes are potential side effects.
  • Proper equalization techniques and medication can manage barotrauma.
  • Oxygen toxicity is rare and usually occurs in patients receiving extended treatment.
  1. Preparation: You will be asked to remove jewelry, electronic devices, and any clothing containing synthetic materials. You will be provided with a

    cotton gown to wear during the treatment. This is to prevent static electricity buildup and minimize the risk of fire in the oxygen-rich environment.

    1. Entering the chamber: You will be guided into the hyperbaric chamber, which may be a single-person unit or a multi-person chamber. The chamber will then be sealed, and the pressurization process will begin.

    2. Pressurization: The chamber will gradually be pressurized to the desired level, typically between 1.5 and 3 times the normal atmospheric pressure. You may feel fullness in your ears, similar to the sensation experienced during air travel. You will be instructed on equalization techniques to help alleviate this discomfort.

    3. Oxygen administration: Once the chamber reaches the desired pressure, you will breathe in 100% oxygen through a mask or hood. The treatment typically lasts for 90 to 120 minutes, during which you may rest or engage in activities such as reading or watching a movie, if available.

    4. Decompression: After the treatment, the pressure in the chamber will be gradually reduced to normal atmospheric levels. This may take several minutes, and you may feel a slight popping sensation in your ears as the pressure changes.

    5. Post-treatment: Once the session is complete, you will be escorted out of the chamber, and your vital signs will be checked. You may resume your normal activities immediately following the treatment.

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