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George Estabrook

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Promotes Healing

After radiation treatments, George Estabrook, 78, struggled with stubborn scar tissue, and his doctor recommended hyperbaric oxygen treatments.

The first time or two, I was nervous,” George said. “But within a week, I noticed I wasn’t having the problems I had been having. Jenny Prather (CAN, HBO technician) went out of her way to make sure your ears weren’t having problems with the equalized pressure.”

The Passavant Area Hospital (PAH) Advanced Wound Healing Center provided him with healing strategies that included using a hyperbaric multi-place chamber, the only one of its kind in central Illinois. Instead of a single chamber, there are several seats available and a television to watch inside the hyperbaric chamber during the two-hour treatments.

George came in every day with the exception of holidays. He went through forty treatments and appreciated the convenience of staying in town. He and the other patients going through treatment inside the hyperbaric chamber often caught up on reruns of Gunsmoke and Big Valley while they were being treated.

“The first time or two, I was nervous,” George said. “But within a week, I noticed I wasn’t having the problems I had been having. Jenny Prather (CAN, HBO technician) went out of her way to make sure your ears weren’t having problems with the equalized pressure.”

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy uses a pressurized chamber to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood. Noninvasive and painless, the procedure increases air pressure and allows your lungs to take in more oxygen. This results in your blood taking more oxygen to your tissues resulting in healing wounds more quickly.

PAH offers a spacious, multi-place hyperbaric chamber. Patients with the following types of wounds can benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy:

  • Diabetic foot ulcers 
  • Ulcers of the lower extremities
  • Acute peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Acute traumatic peripheral ischemia
  • Compromised skin grafts
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Progressive necrotizing infection
  • Actinomycosis
  • Chronic refractory osteomyelitis
  • Soft tissue radionecrosis
  • Crush injuries
  • Gas gangrene

The PAH Advanced Wound Healing Center offers a variety of interventions to promote wound healing and prevent infection when wounds do not heal with traditional methods. Advanced wound care may involve transcutaneous oxygen measurement, debridement, dressing changes, minimally invasive vascular procedures, the application of skin substitutes and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

For more information, call 217-479-5769 or visit PassavantHospital.com.

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