Radiation is extremely
effective for the treatment of solid tumors. Radiation also allows untreatable
tumors to be cured or have their growth stopped. Radiation doesn’t come without
some drawbacks however. There has been tremendous in advances in the radiation
therapy area; however, healthy tissue can get damaged during treatment.
radiation doses, previous surgery and trauma all increase the risk of the
necrosis. Normally necrosis is a combination of mixed infections that often
occur as a result of trauma, surgical wound or foreign bodies.
Standard of Therapy”for
Necrosis has always been a wide surgical debridement and aggressive antibiotic
therapy. When used in conjunction with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, it offers
several mechanisms of action to control the infection and reduce tissue loss.
Oxygen Therapy increases the oxygenation of tissue, increases angiogensis and
also promotes osteoblast and fibroblast function. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is
an important part of a comprehensive treatment program of necrosis following
radiation. When a patient is given 100% oxygen under pressure, hemoglobin is
saturated, but the blood can be hyper-oxygenated by dissolving oxygen within the
Hyperbaric oxygen acts as
a drug, eliciting varying levels of response at different treatment depths,
durations and dosages, and has been proven effective as adjunctive therapy for
specifically indicated conditions.
Oxygen is a natural gas that is absolutely necessary for life and healing.
Purified oxygen is defined as a drug but is the most natural of all drugs.
Oxygen under pressure is still the same gas but is more able to penetrate into
parts of the body where the arterial flow is hindered, producing ischemia (loss
of blood flow) and hypoxia (lack of oxygen). When oxygen under pressure is
breathed by a patient in a sealed chamber, it is termed a hyperbaric oxygen
who have a skin graft or flaps normally heal well. However, if the patient has
a compromised circulation then the possibility of poor wound healing leading to
necrosis. Wound healing requires oxygen delivery to the injured tissue;
however, if Radiation has damaged this tissue then the blood supply is
compromised by becoming oxygen deprived. Chronic radiation complications stems
from the scarring and the narrowing of the blood vessels within the area
receiving treatment. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help these patients, through
a better healing environment which will lead to the growth of new blood
Oxygen Therapy can also help non-healing wounds. Delayed wound healing is a
disruption of intact tissue and can be extremely difficult to treat.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
is used when the standard conventional care has shown no measurable signs of
improvement. It increases the amount of oxygen being carried by blood to the
organs and tissues helping to initiate and re-establish micro-vascularization,
it is also known to enhance the reaction of certain antibiotics and helping
white blood cells to fight infection.
BENEFITS OF HYPERBARIC
HBOT facilitates the
growth of new blood vessels, enabling the transport of additional blood
HBOT augments the
body's natural defense mechanisms to fight infection and kill bacteria
helps reduce any swelling that may occur around an area subjected