The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Berkeley Medical Center is accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), and is the only accredited hyperbaric medicine center in West Virginia. This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest quality of patient care.
Robert Bowen, MD, Medical Director
Ginna Treadwell, RN, CHRN, BSN, Director
For more information or to make an appointment, call 304.264.1314. No referral required.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized room or tube. HBOT is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. Other conditions treated with this therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in your blood vessels, and wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.
In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, the air pressure is increased to three times higher than normal air pressure. Under these conditions, your lungs can gather more oxygen than would be possible breathing pure oxygen at normal air pressure.
Your blood carries this oxygen throughout your body. This helps fight bacteria and stimulate the release of substances called growth factors and stem cells, which promote healing.
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Delayed Radiation Injury (Radionecrosis) Treatment with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Delayed radiation injury is a complication of cancer radiation therapy, especially external beam radiation therapy (EBRT). Necrosis means the death of cells in bones, organs and soft tissues. Side effects of radiation therapy may not present a health problem for months or even years after treatment.
To irradiate a cancer tumor physicians and technicians always risk damaging nearby soft tissue and bone. Delayed radiation injuries most often stem from scarring and restricted blood flow near the tumor treatment site. The linings of blood vessels and the gastrointestinal tract are especially vulnerable to radiation damage.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is widely accepted as an effective treatment for delayed radiation injuries. HBOT works by improving blood circulation, supplying more oxygen to damaged tissue, reducing scarring, and increasing stem cell activity. Common treatment sites include the jaw, neck and pelvis. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat delayed radiation injuries, not for acute radiation injuries, acute radiation syndrome or radiation poisoning.
Radionecrosis ranks among the most well-researched and common uses of hyperbaric oxygen therapy today.