Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy started at KEM Hospital

Shyam Joshi (name changed), (52) was diabetic and had a gangrenous toe amputated but the wound would not heal due to lack of oxygen supply. Joshi underwent Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and the wound healed after 20 sessions.

When a person breathes 100 per cent oxygen that is pressurized to 1.5 to 3 times the atmospheric pressure, oxygen molecules dissolve in the plasma (the liquid part of blood) and 10 to 20 times more oxygen reaches all tissues. Even where the circulation is poor, adequate oxygen reaches the affected area, new cells are generated and the healing process becomes faster, Dr Abhijit Joshi, orthopaedic and diabetic foot surgeon at KEM hospital said.

A US-based Innovative Healing System Centre for Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been recently started at the KEM Hospital. Speaking with media persons, Dr Kurus Coyaji, Medical Director of KEM hospital said that HBOT was an option available to people facing difficulty in wound healing like diabetics and burn injuries.

The centre has two hyberbaric chambers with trained doctors and high safety standards. The treatment is non-invasive as all the patient does is lie down in the transparent pressurized hyperbaric chamber and breathe. Each session is 60 to 90 minutes long and the patient can watch television or a DVD movie as the sound comes inside the chamber even though the television is outside.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is effective in non-healing wounds, acute thermal burns, traumatic brain injury, refractory osteomyelitis, radiation damage to tissues, crush injury, compromised skin grafts and flaps, sudden hearing loss and several other conditions, Dr Ravindra Patel, founder president of Innovative Healing Systems said.

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