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Region 8 wound center now offers hyperbaric treatment for patients

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - NEA Baptist Wound Prevention and Management Center held an open house Tuesday afternoon for two new hyperbaric chambers.

Medical Director for Wound Care, Dr. James Fletcher, says these chambers can provide treatment in a number of difficult areas.

In fact, Dr. Fletcher says there are cases where this is the only form of treatment possible.

"People who have had head and neck tumors will often have injury from the radiation they needed to get rid of the cancer, affecting their jaw. They loose teeth, have jaw pain, they sometimes have exposed bone in their mouth. There really is no therapy for them short of hyperbaric medicine," Dr. Fletcher says.

Dr. Fletcher also says the hyperbaric chambers provide treatment in other difficult to heal areas.

"It delivers very high levels of oxygen into the tissues wherever they might have a wound and because we're dealing with complex wounds that have failed to heal through normal technologies. Hyperbaric medicine offers an adjunct to that to really help problem wounds heal," Dr. Fletcher says.

Dr. Fletcher says some of the things they can effectively treat with the hyperbaric chambers are diabetic, arterial and venous statis ulcers. The chambers can also heal surgical wounds, thermal or chemical burns and crash injuries.

The NEA Baptist Wound Prevention and Management Center is located at 1111 Windover Drive. The clinic is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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