Hyperbaric Oxygen and Wound Care at MemorialCare - Long Beach Medical Center, Long Beach California

Serving The Los Angeles County and Orange County Areas

Our internationally recognized Department of Hyperbaric Medicine, located in Southern California at MemorialCare, Long Beach Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital, was established in 1974. 

We provide hyperbaric oxygen treatments to adults and children in Los Angeles County and Orange County, California on an inpatient or outpatient basis seven-days-a-week.
Emergency care is available 24 hours-a-day.


Over many decades, we have provided hyperbaric oxygen treatments to more than 20,000 patients. We provide hyperbaric oxygen treatments to adults and children in Los Angeles County and Orange County, California on an inpatient or outpatient basis seven-days-a-week.
Emergency care is available 24 hours-a-day. 


What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a type of medical treatment that is used to treat a variety of illnesses. This treatment requires the patient to breath 100% oxygen at an increased pressure for a prescribed amount of time.

In order to achieve this increased pressure, the patient must receive the treatment while in a pressurized environment (a hyperbaric oxygen chamber).  This type of treatment is often used in conjunction with additional therapies to facilitate healing of various underlying medical conditions.

At MemorialCare, Long Beach Medical Center we provide hyperbaric oxygen treatments to our patients in monoplace (one person) hyperbaric chambers.  These individual chambers allow for a comfortable and private hyperbaric oxygen treatment.  Each chamber is constructed using clear plastic material, allowing patients the opportunity to visit with family, friends or watch TV and videos during each treatment.


How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?

During the treatment, the hyperbaric chamber is pressurized using 100% oxygen.  As the patient breathes normally, the pressurized oxygen is absorbed into the bloodstream via the lungs and carried throughout the body by the circulatory system.  Subsequently, the patient receives up to fifteen times the amount of oxygen when compared to breathing air at sea level.  This pressurized oxygen treatment has many therapeutic benefits, including:

* Greatly increasing the oxygen concentration in all body tissues, even with reduced blood flow

* Improving the healing time of stubborn wounds

* Stimulating the growth of new blood vessels in areas of reduced circulation

* Increasing the efficiency of white blood cells to kill bacteria and aiding in infection control

* Assisting in the treatment of chronic bone infections (osteomyelitis)

* Preserving skin grafts, flaps and other tissues where the circulation is suddenly reduced

* Reducing swelling (edema)

* Reversing damage to tissues exposed to radiation therapy

* Reducing effects from toxic exposure from carbon  monoxide


What Will I Feel During a Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment?

The treatment is provided while you lay down on a bed and then placed inside the hyperbaric chamber.

Once the treatment starts (compression), you will hear the oxygen begin to circulate in the chamber. You will feel the change in pressure in your ears (similar to the feeling of driving down a mountain road or descending in an airplane).  A nurse will coach you during the first few treatments to help you to relieve this “full” sensation in your ears.  

When you reach the prescribed pressure, you will no longer need to clear your ears.  You may listen to music, watch TV or a movie, rest, or sleep for the remainder of the treatment.

Each treatment lasts about 90 to 120 minutes.  Near the end of the treatment, the nurse will gradually decrease the pressure in the chamber (decompression).  During decompression, you may experience a “popping” sensation in your ears as a result of the changing pressure.  This is a normal adjustment in your ears (similar to the feeling of driving up a mountain road or gaining altitude in an airplane).


How Many Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments required varies depending on your medical condition.

Some emergency conditions require only one or two treatments. However, most wound healing problems require between twenty and thirty treatments.  These treatments are often provided twice a day if you are hospitalized.  Outpatients are usually treated once a day.

Treatments are offered seven days per week and we have staff available to treat emergencies 24 hours a day.

The number of treatments required will be discussed during your consultation with the  hyperbaric medicine physician and may be adjusted as your medical condition improves.  epeated evaluations of your medical condition will be performed by your referring physician and the hyperbaric medicine team to guide your continued therapy


What Conditions is Hyperaric Oxygen Therapy Used For?

The Department of Hyperbaric Medicine at MemorialCare, Long Beach Medical Center treats the conditions that are approved by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Medicare (CMS) and most third party health insurance companies:


* Non-healing diabetic leg and foot wounds and other selected problem wounds

* Delayed radiation injury to soft tissues (soft tissue radiation necrosis)

* Radiation Cystitis, Radiation Proctitis

* Delayed radiation injury to bone (Osteoradionecrosis)

* Compromised skin grafts or flaps

* Carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation

* Chronic bone infections (Chronic refractory osteomyelitis)

* Crush injuries, compartment syndromes, and other acute traumatic injuries

* The “Bends” (Decompression sickness)

* Necrotizing soft tissue infections

* Gas Gangrene  (Clostridial myonecrosis)

* Serious burn injuries

* Intracranial abscesses

* Air or gas embolisms

* Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Additional indications for hyperbaric oxygen therapy may be discussed with your doctor and the Hyperbaric Medicine Team. Hyperbaric oxygen  therapy is usually used as an adjunct to additional care the patient is receiving. Additional treatments may also include antibiotic therapy, nutritional support, and surgical procedures, if indicated. our Hyperbaric Medicine Team will work closely with your physician(s) to coordinate any additional care needed.


Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Covered by Medical Insurance?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is covered by Medicare (CMS) and most other private insurance carriers for approved conditions.

Prior authorization is not required by Medicare however it is often required before starting hyperbaric oxygen treatments under private insurance carriers.  Our qualified administrative staff is very knowledgeable and has a lot of experience in working with medical insurance companies and will assist in obtaining authorization for you, when needed.


Please refer to the contact information below to obtain more information or to arrange for a consultation with the Hyperbaric Medicine Department:

Contact the Hyperbaric Medicine Department at MemorialCare, Long Beach Medical Center for more information.

MemorialCare, Long Beach Medical Center
Department of Hyperbaric Medicine
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, California 90806

Telephone: (562) 933-6960

Fax: (562) 933-6060


Serving the following Los Angeles County and Orange County Cities:

Los Angeles County Cities served: Agoura Hills, Alhambra, Arcadia, Artesia, Avalon, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Bradbury, Brentwood, Burbank, Calabasas, Carson, Cerritos, Claremont, Commerce, Compton, Covina, Cudahy, Culver City, Diamond Bar, Downey, Duarte, El Monte, El Segundo, Gardena, Glendale, Glendora, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, Huntington Park, Industry, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Canada Flintridge, La Mirada, La Puente, La Verne, Lakewood, Lancaster, Lawndale, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Lynwood, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, Maywood, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Norwalk, Palmdale, Palos Verdes Estates, Paramount, Pasadena, Pico Rivera, Pomona, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Marino, San Pedro, Santa Clarita , Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, Signal Hill, South El Monte, South Gate, South Pasadena, Temple City, Torrance, Vernon, West Covina, West Hollywood, Westlake Village, Whittier

Orange County Cities served: Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda