Hyperbaric oxygen therapy isn't a well known or widely accepted form of wound care, but it might become so in the near future. The process is being perfected, and the following success stories are proof of that. These stories might sound like miracles, but the process of HBOT healing doesn't happen overnight.
HBOT is originally invented to recompress divers and describes the process of exposing the whole body to a much higher level of oxygen in a chamber. We all need oxygen to live, as well as heal and generate new healthy cells in all parts of our bodies.
The studies from Johns Hopkins Medicine shows that even coming in contact with purer oxygen on the outside, not just breathing it in, has huge benefits for the human body. The body has the ability to heal much faster when coming in contact with high levels of oxygen.
The Mississippi Man's Saved Toe
This story tells how HBOT prevents a man from losing his toe from an infection. Ocean Springs Mississippi resident, Luther Vincent, stepped on a sharp object that punctured his toe. As with all deep wounds, it was susceptible to infections, and a bad one developed in the bone of his toe. He was in danger of losing his toe, but HBOT was one option to prevent this from happening.
Luther underwent 60 sessions of HBOT at Ocean Springs Hospital, which has 3 hyperbaric chambers. Most of the time, those who use them are diabetics with wounds that are slow to heal, or aren't healing. Luther was a good candidate, even though the infection was more advanced. After those 60 sessions, however, Luther's toe had completely healed.
Arizona Man Recovers After Being Hit by a Car
Tuscan resident Ed Spohn was struck by a car while riding his motorcycle in September of 2014. The doctors didn't think he would make it, and even after his condition stabilized, he was at risk for losing his legs. With such an extensive injury, it was questioned that HBOT would even work, but they went ahead with it to help him heal and walk again.
After only two months of HBOT, and standard wound treatment, Ed was walking on his own and had fully healed. Without HBOT, it would have taken at least 6 months, and even then he might not be able to have full use of his legs again.
“He was walking and healed within basically two months. That could have been extended to four to six months. [The oxygen therapy] substantially increases the oxygen of the tissue and also helps decrease the bacterial load. So with hyperbaric treatment in combination with wound care treatment the wounds are healed.”