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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy- Bryan Murphy

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Published on May 30, 2011

This video documents Bryan Murphy's progress over the course of 6 months of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy with Dr. Matthew Holden.

Lafayette General Medical Center

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is the delivery of oxygen under pressure to treat diseases and disease processes.

The most common problems treated by HBOT include threatened skin grafts and flaps, including breast reconstruction problems after mastectomy; complicated diabetic foot ulcers and infections; late effects of radiation therapy damage to soft tissues and bone; crushing injuries; severe infections including chronic bone infection; decompression sickness and air emboli. HBOT helps these problems by stimulating the growth of new blood vessels, reducing edema, activating leukocyte bacterial killing power, and stimulating bone turnover and growth of new bone and soft tissues. Treatment of these problems is usually paid for by insurance, Medicare and Medicaid.

Off label treatment conditions are often not reimbursed by insurance but may still be very effective. Some conditions that have had good response to Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy include traumatic brain injury, near drowning and other anoxic brain injuries, some dementias, strokes, cerebral palsy, autism, and perhaps even multiple sclerosis and some genetic disorders. HBOT supports other medical treatments for these conditions by improving brain blood flow and by reducing inflammation throughout the body. HBOT may help repair cellular DNA by stimulating the production of growth and repair hormones. Improvement can be predicted by serial SPECT scans and measured by neuropsychological testing. HBOT is extremely safe when administered under a trained doctor's supervision. Complications are rare and can be anticipated and often resolved by adjustment of the dosage of oxygen.

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