Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is a highly effective, safe treatment during which 100% oxygen is inhaled by a patient for short periods of time in a pressurized chamber.
Normally the air we breathe is 20% oxygen and 80% nitrogen. Breathing 100% pure oxygen increases the amount of oxygen available to your body’s tissues helping the body to heal, fight off infection, decrease swelling and aid in the new growth of new blood vessels.
Studies have shown that certain physical problems respond exceptionally well to HBO treatments. As part of your overall care plan, HBO can help treat a variety of conditions. HBO is covered by insurance to treat 14 FDA approved conditions, including:
- Severe anemia
- Brain abscess
- Bubbles of air in your blood vessels (arterial gas embolism)
- Decompression sickness
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Crushing injury
- Sudden hearing loss
- Infection of skin or bone that causes tissue death
- Non-healing wounds, such as a diabetic foot ulcer
- Radiation injury
- Skin graft or skin flap at risk of tissue death
- Vision loss, sudden and painless
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is currently available at Inova Mount Vernon and Inova Fair Oaks Hospitals. Hyperbaric consultations are available in-person and via telemedicine at the Woodburn, Fair Oaks and Mount Vernon sites. Contact any of our Wound Healing Centers to learn more about our HBO program.
Certified Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Program
Our Mount Vernon location was the first in Northern Virginia to offer HBO treatment, and is one of a few programs in Northern Virginia accredited by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society. Not only are we one of only 600 programs in the United States to carry this quality accreditation, but in 2015 we had the honor of being named among the best of the best when we achieved our re-accreditation, "With Distinction."
UHMS Accreditation means that our facility has met the highest standards of care and patient safety through a rigorous evaluation of our equipment, staff and training to ensure that the utmost quality is maintained within the specialty of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
What Makes Our HBO Services Superior
- 30 years of experience in HBO
- Over 30,000 treatments performed
- Proudly accredited by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Meet Our Team
Our program is designed to complement your doctor’s care. Our team of medical professionals will partner with your doctor to treat and ultimately heal your wounds. A multi-specialty approach is taken in the care of your wounds, drawing from many fields of medical expertise to include: plastic surgery, podiatry, vascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, and interventional radiology.