Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine

Diving Medicine & Hyperbaric Therapy


A life long diver, Dr. Bigelow will do fitness evaluation for diving in her Hyde street Office. She also practices Hyperbaric Medicine across the street at St. Francis hospital, encompassing patient issues such as decompression sickness, problem wound healing, specific infectious issues, graft and flap failure, crush injuries, acute peripheral ischemia, and acute hearing loss to name a few.

Hyperbaric Therapy is covered by most insurances for the following disease entities:

  • Diabetic wound care
  • Radiation tissue damage (including osteoradionecrosis)
  • Thermal burns
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps after surgery
  • Crush injury, compartment syndrome and other acute traumatic ischemias
  • Air or gas embolism (from diving, indwelling catheters or laparoscopy)
  • Decompression sickness
  • Clostridial myonecrosis (gas gangrene)
  • Necrotixing soft tissue infections (subcutaneous tissue, muscle, fascia)
  • Exceptional blood loss (anemia)
  • Intracranial abscess
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning


Hyperbaric consultation is done through the Hyperbaric Department at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

Department of Hyperbaric Medicine at
St. Francis Memorial Hospital
900 Hyde Street, 5th floor

Phone: (415)-353-6700
Fax: 415-353-6701


For clearance for scuba diving, patients will be seen in Dr. Bigelow’s private office. 

Dr. Bigelow's Private Office:
815 Hyde Street, suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94109

Phone (415)-673-7515
Fax: (415-563-6259

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More information on Dive Medicine: Divers Alert Network