UVA Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Center
Healing Through Oxygen and Pressure
The Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Center offers two state-of-the-art services to both inpatients and outpatients at the University: hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy and transcutaneous oximetry (often referred to as TCOM). TCOM is a noninvasive way of measuring oxygen tension in the body tissues. HBO therapy is a way of delivering increased amounts of oxygen to the body tissues by breathing 100% oxygen in a chamber that has been pressurized to more than atmospheric pressure.
Approved HBO Treatment Indications
HBO has been proven to be beneficial for patients diagnosed with the following conditions:
Radiation tissue damage
Compromised skin grafts or flaps
Necrotizing soft tissue infection
Air or gas embolism
How Does HBO Therapy Work?
HBOT brings oxygen saturated blood to tissues that are lacking adequate oxygen. This may help your wound heal faster and avoid infection.
The HBO Evaluation and Approval Process
You will have an initial evaluation by one of our trained Hyperbaric Oxygen physicians, and together will determine if HBOT is right for you. If you meet the criteria for HBOT, you may be asked to have a few additional non-invasive tests the same day.
Our HBOT staff will start the process to see if your insurance will cover the cost of treatment and once you are approved we will schedule you for your treatments. Most patients who qualify will need several daily sessions for a few weeks in a row.
What happens during hyperbaric treatment?
You will be in the chamber for about 2 hours during each session. You will lie down in the chamber and watch TV/movies while our expert staff start the process. They will evaluate you before, during and after each treatment to make sure you are tolerating them well. We can even make housing arrangements for you to stay closer to UVA during your treatments if needed.
Get an appointment
If you are interested in learning more about how hyperbaric oxygen treatment may help, or to see if TCOM testing may be useful for your problem, please call the Hyperbaric Oxygen Service at (434) 982-3999