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Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment (HBO)

Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is a highly effective, safe treatment during which 100 percent oxygen is breathed in by a patient for short periods of time in a pressurized chamber.

HBO is helpful in treating any condition requiring increased oxygen flow to body tissue, including non-healing wounds for patients with diabetes or other conditions, chronic radiation injury, compromised grafts and flaps as well as 12 other specific conditions. For these conditions, HBO is a Medicare reimbursed treatment option. HBO is also the treatment of choice for victims of carbon monoxide poisoning or scuba divers suffering from the bends.

The therapy is available at our specialized Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Unit at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria, VA. The hospital was the first in Northern Virginia to offer HBO treatment. Our unit is the only program in Northern Virginia accredited by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society, and is one of 600 in the United States to carry this quality accreditation.


HBO physician expertise

Our medical director, HBO board-certified specialist Alfred Kirkwood, DO, is also board certified in family practice and aerospace medicine. Dr. Kirkwood collaborates with our team of physicians who are all board certified in hyperbaric medicine and work together to provide the most advanced treatment options available.


What makes our HBO services superior

  • Convenient access at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
  • 25 years of experience in HBO
  • Over 30,000 treatments performed
  • Proudly accredited by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society
  • Recipient of the prestigious "Certified with Distinction" accreditation
  • Only HBO unit in the greater Washington, DC metro area open 24/7, 365 days a year

Review our patient guide to HBO therapy at Inova Wound Healing Center

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Emergency HBO services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 703-664-7000 and ask that HBO personnel be paged.


Contact us

Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Unit
Inova Dorothea R. Fisher Wound Healing Center
2501 Parker's Lane
Alexandria, VA  22306
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703-664-7218


For physicians

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