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Hyperbaric Medicine


The Department of Surgery

Division of Vascular Surgery

Hyperbaric Medicine

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The physicians, nurses and therapists of the UCLA Hyperbaric Medicine program specialize in managing complex, difficult wounds.  Each patient receives a tailored treatment plan that combines traditional standards in wound management with state-of-the-art technology to ensure effective results.  The patient's primary physician is kept well informed about treatment plans and progress in order to provide the best continuity of care for the patient.

Conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen include:

  • Acute carbon monoxide poisoning and cyanide poisoning
  • Chronic osteomyelitis (refractory)
  • Crush injury, compartment syndrome and other acute traumatic ischemias, including limb reattachments
  • Decompression sickness (The Bends)
  • Air embolism
  • Exceptional blood loss (anemia)
  • Gas gangrene
  • Healing of select problem wounds
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections (such as "flesh-eating bacteria")
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Radiation soft tissue damage--skin, larynx, bowel, bladder, others
  • Skin grafts and flaps (compromised)
  • Thermal burns
  • Diabetic Foot (Wagner grade 3 to 5)

In addition to its effectiveness in treating dysbaric disorders such as gas embolism and decompression sickness, hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been proven effective in facilitating healing in some chronic and nonhealing wounds.  HBO2 helps restore oxygen tensions to normal or above-normal levels, stimulating fibroblasts, osteoblasts, osteoclasts and granulocytes needed in wound healing.

UCLA's hyperbaric chamber is capable of simultaneously seating 18 patients for administering oxygen under pressure in a carefully controlled manner.

Learn more
Visit our Health Encyclopedia to learn more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Telephone Number
(310) 794-1031 Information and appointments



Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine

Disorders and Conditions
Injuries and Wounds