Posted: Mar 17, 2015 4:34 PM EST Updated: Mar 18, 2015 6:50 AM EST
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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can make a tremendous difference when dealing with difficult to treat wounds. Getting the right therapy for a difficult to treat wound is critical, and could even mean the difference between saving or losing a limb.
Luther Vincent is thankful he started hyperbaric therapy as soon as he did. After more than 60 treatments in one of Ocean Springs Hospital’s new hyperbaric chambers, Luther is on the road to recovery. With each session lasting about two hours, it wasn’t quick, but it was time well spent. His physician, Dr. David Spencer, said the therapy likely saved a limb.
“One of the toes had developed an infection of the bone, and in many cases patients lose a toe or even a foot,” Dr. Spencer said. “But in his case, with proper treatment, the toe is completely healed.”
Dr. Spencer is the Director of the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Program at Singing River Health System. Ocean Springs Hospital now has three state of the art hyperbaric chambers, adding to the four that have been available at Singing River Hospital since 2004. They are used primarily to take care of difficult to treat wounds.
“Many of the wounds have low oxygen tension, and by adding extra oxygen they generate healing powers to resolve some of the issues from the standpoint of infection and getting the wounds healed.”
A significant percentage of the patients who end up here are diabetic patients who are often at high risk for difficult to treat wounds. Luther’s problems started after he stepped on something. The wound got infected and continued to get worse, until his oxygen treatments.
“I had over 60 treatments and without that I’d still have a bad wound.”
Thanks to the wound care treatment, Luther should getting back to his normal routine within a couple of weeks.
Dr. Spencer said it’s important for people who have wounds that don’t seem to be healing, and persist longer than two weeks, to seek help at a wound care center.
“A lot of times getting the wound care center involved will be most beneficial.”
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