Don’t dismiss minor leg pain as a part of growing older. You might be among the approximately 10 million Americans living with Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). PAD may lead to a non-healing wound, such as an arterial or venous ulcer, or even a diabetic foot ulcer.
We're raising awareness of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) throughout September and supporting the American Heart Association’s goal to reduce amputations by 20% by 2030 through increased PAD Awareness, diagnosis and treatment.
The fight to beat cancer can be a long road, and the thought of having other injuries due to radiation treatment can be overwhelming. A side effect of some radiation treatments is the narrowing of the arteries, which may decrease blood flow to the treated area, resulting in healing challenges.
Leslie Maynor received radiation treatment to heal a rare form of cancer in her ear. It effectively killed the cancer cells but also left her with a wound that would not heal.
Topics: Year of Healing
If you or someone you care for received radiation treatment to help fight cancer, there may be injuries that could occur due to the radiation treatment. Radiation kills cancer cells but also may harm healthy tissue. In some cases, these injuries do not cause symptoms for several months or even years following treatment.
By Dr. William Ennis, DO, MBA, MMM, CPE
In our most recent white paper titled, “The Use of Modalities in Wound Care Part 2: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy,” we examine the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) as an adjunctive therapy for diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) with Wagner grades 3 and 4. We found significantly improved healing rates for Wagner grade 3 and 4 DFUs when the patient was able to complete their entire course of treatment.
The white paper also examined HBOT for radiation cystitis and notes that the studies to date suggest that patients benefit most from HBOT when they receive treatment early in the course of this disease to maximize the clinical effects of HBOT.