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Our advanced treatment options, such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, can help you heal faster.

​Hyperbaric Oxygen (HBO) Therapy for Wound Healing

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO), the use of oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure, delivers a greater than normal amount of oxygen to the body's tissues​. 

Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body, stimulating the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which strengthens the body’s natural wound-healing mechanisms and promotes healing.

Our wound care team has experienced orthopaedic, vascular, podiatric, and plastic surgeons who can assess and treat an array of nonhealing wounds.

A session of hyperbaric oxygen therapy takes about two hours, and up to 40 sessions can be prescribed. Patients lie on a specialized bed that goes inside a spacious, acrylic glass-enclosed chamber.

Once inside, the pressure in the chamber is slowly increased. The effect is similar to a diver going down into the water. At the end of the session, the chamber is depressurized slowly, like when a diver returns to the surface.

For those concerned about claustrophobic feelings, the clear domed shape of the chamber helps ease the sense of closeness. You can watch TV​, movies or even listen to music while you receive your therapy.

HBO therapy can be used to treat a variety of conditions including but not limited to:

Where You Can Find HBO Therapy

The following UPMC Wound Healing Services locations offer HBO therapy:

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