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Mavis' Story - Healing a debilitating arterial ulcer

Mavis is an 89-year-old lady who was referred to the Wesley Hyperbaric Centre by her vascular surgeon in a final attempt to save her leg from amputation. Mavis’s story began when she walked under a gum tree where a small branch was located. She stood on the branch and in turn, it pierced her left ankle. Her wound started to ooze and over time formed into an ulcer. ...Read More

Results with Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment - Gregs Experience

Greg is a 75 year old gentleman referred to the Wesley Hyperbaric unit by his GP. After a post surgical wound failed to heal then started to rapidly breakdown. Healing was also complicated as Greg has been a diabetic for 15 years. Greg stated, "I was fairly concerned as it was such a big wound. So enormous I couldn't believe it. Problem was it wasn't getting any better, it was actually getting worse, it looked like a shark bite." ...Read More

Chronic Non Healing Wound

Francine P was 82 years old when she came to Wesley Hyperbaric for treatment.  In December 2011 following some minor trauma to her leg an ulcer developed.  Despite wound dressings every few days for several months her wound was not improving. More concerning was the increase in pain that Francine was experiencing. ...Read More

Delayed Radiation Injury to Soft Tissue

Jenny S was 48 years old when she came to Wesley Hyperbaric for treatment of her radiation soft tissue injury in 2012. Radiation soft tissue injury can occur anywhere a patient has received radiation therapy. It may appear from 6 months and sometimes up to 5 years after the radiation exposure.  The area is particularly susceptible if there is any surgery performed within the area after the radiation therapy. ...Read More

Venous Ulcer

One of our success stories last year was Mrs Y, a 81 year old lady who stayed with us for 7 months. She was admitted to the Wesley Hospital under the care of a physician. When Mrs. Y first presented she was in extreme pain and had been suffering from venous ulcers of her right leg for over two years. She was reviewed by a vascular physician who confirmed 50-70% stenosis in multiple areas thus angioplasty would be of no benefit. Analgesics were given and different combinations trialled throughout the time of hospitalisation. ...Read More

Diabetic with a Traumatic Wound

A 58 year old diet controlled diabetic suffered a complex impact fracture to his left ankle with arterial involvement. He commenced HBOT 5 days post injury after the wound had been cleaned and the fracture set with K wires. Transcutaneous Oxygen measurements taken confirmed a hypoxic wound with readings of 35mmHg and 19mmHg breathing air at 1 ATA (40 – 50mmHg is considered the minimum threshold for normal wound healing). After 15 minutes of breathing 100% oxygen at 1 ATA the readings increased to 245mmHg and 223mmHg. This increase would indicate the hypoxia was correctable with a course of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. ...Read More

Diabetic with Traumatic Flap Wound

This 55 year old patient with Diabetes Type 2 had dropped a piano frame onto his (R) lower leg resulting in a large flap laceration. He was sutured in the local emergency department and was referred to the hospital’s outpatient wound clinic. ...Read More

Radiation Cystitis (Radiation injury to the bladder)

This 85 year old male patient was referred by his urologist to Wesley Hyperbaric suffering the effects of radiation cystitis. The patient was initially admitted to the emergency department complaining of urinary retention, pain and blood in the urine. CT scans suggested cystitis related to recent radiotherapy. The patient was taken to theatre for bladder washout, biopsy and diathermy. The biopsy was consistent with radiation cystitis. ...Read More

Diabetic Pressure Ulcer

The patient was a 53 year old physically active insulin dependent diabetic with mild peripheral neuropathy. On admission he had little understanding of the diabetic disease process. He had not visited a podiatrist or an orthotist in the 21 years since he had been diagnosed with diabetes. In spite of his peripheralneuropathy, vascular studies revealed near normal arterial supply. ...Read More