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  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Radiation

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. 

High 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.


                                        Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber

                                     Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Chamber



“The Gold 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. 

Hyperbaric 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 plasma (blood). 

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 treatment (HBOT).


                                     How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Works

                            How hyperbaric oxygen therapy works



Patients 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 vessels. 



Hyperbaric 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.




  • 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

  • HBOT helps reduce any swelling that may occur around an area subjected






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