Baptist Health Louisville: Hyperbaric Treatment for Radiation Wounds
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) consists of a patient going into a large acrylic chamber to increase oxygen to their tissue. Learn about hyperbaric medicine from Baptist Health.
Hyperbaric Treatment for Radiation Wounds in Louisville, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript
Thomas Rumley, MD, Wound Care:
At the Wound Care Center at Baptist Health Louisville, the particular patients I enjoy treating, because I think it has spectacular results, are the ones who have had damaged tissue related to radiation.
I was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, which is cancer of the jaw. Because of the chemo and the radiation, one of the surgeries did not heal up good, and because of that, they sent me here to the Baptist Wound Care Center.
Danny had chronic pain. [It was] very difficult for him to eat. He was losing weight. Hyperbaric oxygen was really perfect for him to improve the quality of his soft tissue that covers the bone. In hyperbaric oxygen treatment, the patient gets into, basically, a large acrylic chamber, and oxygen is pumped into the chamber at 100% oxygen and at a higher pressure. It increases the oxygen to the tissues, providing nutrition and metabolism to the local tissue that is oxygen poor. The hyperbaric oxygen improves the growth of the new blood vessels. The new blood vessels grow into the area of damage, and it’s made spectacular improvements and helped those who have been really debilitated by some of the effects of the radiation.
Danny Chapman, Louisville, Kentucky:
By the time I left treatment here, I felt like I was part of their family. I really did. I love all of them. They mean a lot to me, and I think that’s what you need when you go through something like this.