With an estimated 75,000 Australian’s living with inflammatory bowel disease and the numbers increasing each year there is good news around findings that hyperbaric oxygen therapy offers a solution.
As Australia’s pioneers in hyperbaric oxygen therapy, we have published a white paper on the topic. It covers the problems faced and offers up a solution complete with case studies to show the success in treating Crohn’s disease and also ulcerative colitis.
To find out more please access our white paper and learn more about how hyperbaric oxygen therapy can treat inflammatory bowel disease.
If you or a loved one are one of the 1.2 million people every year who are diagnosed with an invasive cancer then the chances are this has come with a treatment with radiation. Whilst treatment has significantly improved over the years the resulting side effects can sometimes take its toll on the patient’s quality-of-life.
The radiation can sometimes cause complications with nutrients – including oxygen – from passing through the blood vessel walls. This lack of essential nutrients unfortunately hinder the healing of damaged tissues.
Here are some key facts about soft tissue radiation damage and hyperbaric oxygen therapy:
- Occurs in less than 5% of people who undergo radiotherapy
- Most commonly involves damage to the bladder or bowel
- Most commonly noticed as blood in the urine and/or bowel movements
- Randomized controlled trials have shown hyperbaric oxygen therapy can improve over 70% of people treated
- Soft tissue radiation injury is the most common condition treated at Wesley Hyperbaric
The good news is that Wesley Hyperbaric has over two decades of experience treating people who suffer from soft tissue radiation injuries. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is also proven to work most of the time.
So if you, or a loved one, are unfortunate to suffer from any of the conditions outlined above then we can definitely look at helping you get your life back on track. Get in contact today and find out what the next steps might be. Alternatively, speak to your GP or specialist about getting a referral.
The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) has recently released a study which looks at the treatments available for people suffering from radiation proctitis which strongly ranked hyperbaric oxygen treatment as a real solution.
Radiation is often successfully used in many types of cancer including anal, cervical, prostate and rectal. Despite the benefits, and often successful removal of tumours, collateral damage can occur to the gastrointestinal tract and the patient can be left suffering from chronic radiation proctitis. Despite advancements in technology which allow for more targeted radiation treatment, it is expected that post radiation injury is still likely to occur in some patients.
The study looked at several medical treatments available and hyperbaric oxygen treatment was one of the strongly recommended treatments based on having a moderate level of evidence. The breakdown of treatments, recommendations and level of supporting evidence is detailed below.
|TYPE OF TREATMENT
||GRADE OF RECCOMMENDATION
|Formalin application is an effective treatment for bleeding in patients with CRP
|Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an effective treatment modality to reduce bleeding in patients with CRP
|Short chain fatty acid enemas are not effective in preventing or treating chronic hemorrhagic radiation proctitis and are not recommended
|Sucralfate retention enemas are a moderately effective treatment for rectal bleeding resulting from CRP
|Alternative treatments such as mesalamine, ozone therapy, and metronidazole have not been adequately evaluated in treating radiation proctitis and are not recommended
|Endoscopic argon beam plasma coagulation is a safe and effective treatment for rectal bleeding induced by CRP
|Endoscopic bipolar electrocoagulation, radiofrequency ablation, Nd-YAG laser, and cryotherapy are alternative treatments of rectal bleeding from CRP that have been insufficiently evaluated and are thus not recommended
Wesley Hyperbaric has had proven results for people suffering from radiation proctitis and other radiation injuries. If you would like to find out more about what we do and how we can help, then please contact us.
Our annual RAGCP Doctor’s Education Evening is now open for registrations. Any health professional who has an interest in Hyperbaric Medicine are encouraged to come along to find out how it works and what it can do for patients. Even better, those attending will be eligible to receive CPD points.
The course will be once again facilitated by Wesley Hyperbaric Medical Director Dr. Graeme Kay. You will learn all about the approved medical conditions that are treated at Wesley Hyperbaric as well as having the opportunity to tour the facility and see the chamber up close. There will be informative case studies from recent successful outcomes enabling you to make informed and educated decisions around referring your patients to us for treatment.
Facilitator Dr Graeme Kay
Dr Graeme Kay has been the Medical Director of Wesley Hyperbaric since 2015, serving as the Deputy Director from 2013-2015. Prior to starting at Wesley Hyperbaric he has had a varied medical career wearing many different hats; GP, hyperbaric medicine registrar at The Townsville Hospital, anaesthetic PHO and full-time rural relief doctor serving locations as varied as Hughenden, Ingham, Palm Island and Magnetic Island. He has a very keen interest in medical training and doctor’s welfare since serving as RMO president as a junior doctor in Rockhampton.
He has been a SCUBA diver from the age of 15, started his training in diving medicine in 2003, and holds the qualification of Diploma of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine awarded by the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society.
When not working or diving, Graeme can be found enjoying the life of a stay at home dad with his wife and daughters.
The event will take place on Tuesday 27 November and will run for around 2 hours from 6.00pm. The chamber facility is located within the Samford Jackson Building at the Wesley Hospital.
Places are limited so you should register today to ensure you can make this fun and informative event. Please call us on 07 3371 6033 or fill out the below form.