Posted: Mar 28, 2013 6:53 AM by Kristen Holloway
Updated: Mar 28, 2013 7:06 AM
An old treatment is helping Acadiana patients find relief in a new way. It's called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. This treatment has been around for awhile, but it seems to be more in demand now. Physicans are requesting to have more facilities and more chambers in Acadiana, hoping to get more patients to receive this treatment. A new hyperbaric facility will soon be available at the Acadiana Regional Medical Center. Diabetic and pre-amputee patients with sores and wounds that just wont heal, they soon can be treated in three state-of-the-art hyperbaric chambers. How does it work?
The therapy increases the amount of oxygen entering in the blood stream, allowing patients with difficult wounds to heal better and faster.
Conditions helped by this therapy include but are not limited too:
chronic leg or foot wounds, radiation tissue damage, crush injuries, smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning.
"You can't save it if it's already dead and gone but tissue that's kind of on the border, it can bring that back and help to preserve that tissue and keep it alive and create blood vessel growth with that tissue," said Kyle Degeyter, M.D. Internal Medicine.
Now this is a pain free treatment for patients all while breathing pure oxygen. Again, the new facility at Acadiana Regional Medical Center will open to patients mid April.