Robert is a school teacher who was able to return to work after 2 years of suffering with a non-healing wound. Now he is able to keep up with his 2nd grade class, garden and swim again without any difficulty.
Within two weeks of starting the treatments, the technicians at the wound care clinic noticed a significant improvement in the condition of the wound. They stated that they had never seen a wound change so quickly and were delighted. The end result of the sessions in the chamber can be seen in this photo.
The proof is in the science!:
Eighteen diabetic patients with ischaemic, nonhealing lower-extremity ulcers were recruited in this double-blind study. Patients were assigned randomly to receive either 100 per cent oxygen (treatment group) or air (control group), at 2.4 atmospheres of absolute pressure for 90 min daily, for a total of 30 treatments. Wound surface areas were measured at baseline and then at 2, 4, 6 and 12 weeks, and 6 months.At 12 weeks, healing with complete epithelialization was achieved in 13 of 19 ulcers in the treatment group compared with four of 14 ulcers in the control group (P=0.024, [chi]2 test). The mean(s.d.) decrease of the wound area in the treatment group was 83(36) per cent and that in the control group was 56(39) per cent (P=0.021, Mann-Whitney U test). Hyperbaric oxygen therapy enhanced the healing potential of ischaemic, non-healing, diabetic leg ulcers and may be used as a valuable adjunct to conventional therapy when reconstructive surgery is not possible.
Abidia, A.; Kuhan, G.; Laden, G.; Bahia, H.; Johnson, B.; Wilkinson, A.; Renwick, P.; Masson, E.*; McCollum, P. T. Department of Vascular Surgery, Academic Surgical Unit and *Department of Medicine, Hull Royal Infirmary and The University of Hull, Hull, UK
Maryann was confined to a wheelchair with a non-healing diabetic ulcer. She was facing amputation before she did HBOT. “My wound has healed magnificently . . . I’m out of my wheelchair, walking and driving again without anyone’s help!”
“The role of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in diabetes preventative care is in re-oxygenating hypoxic tissue, regulating blood sugar level and promoting growth of blood vessels and nerve endings.”
In the textbook of Hyperbaric Medicine we see that there is “noted improvement of cardiovascular complications in diabetic patients on using HBO therapy and later reported HBO as an adjunct to diet and insulin in the treatment of moderately severe diabetes in 130 patients. The dosage of insulin was reduced by 4-38 units in 62.3% of the patients after treatment.”