For The Vista
A Crossville man, scheduled for a leg amputation, decided to try hyperbaric medicine first. Rex York will walk and talk about his success at the Tuesday, Feb.11 Community Seminar at the Cumberland Medical Center Wellness Complex at Fairfield Glade.
The event will be at 11 A.M. in the Conference Room of the Wellness Complex, which is located at 130 Stonehenge Drive. For additional information, call 707-8420.
Tabitha Webb, manager of the hospital’s Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Center, will be guest speaker.
“We asked him to give us three months to change the outcome before going to an extreme solution. It could be so life-changing,” Webb said.
“We offer other options in place of extreme measures.”
A member of the 101st Airborne Division and a father of two young children, York, 46, suffered from reoccurring ulcers due to diabetes. He was schedule for surgery to amputate his leg, but decided to try the hyperbaric medicine first. It worked and plans for surgery were cancelled.
The process uses hyperbaric chambers, which provide 100% oxygen, to promote optimum healing. Breathing pure oxygen saturates the patient’s blood plasma. It carries 20 to30 times the normal amount of oxygen to the body’s tissues. The ultimate result is the body’s natural wound-healing mechanisms, which are oxygen-dependent, function more efficiently.
The basic program includes tests, results of which determine an individual’s basic program. It includes regular visits to the Wound Center for treatment and evaluation. A long list of wound profiles can be treated with hyperbaric medicine.
Webb was formerly at the Wuesthoff Health Systems, Rockledge, Florida. She can be reached at the Wound Center at 931-787-1620.
The event is sponsored by Action Heating and Cooling, which will provide refreshments.
Seminars are arranged by Rachel Richardson, LPN, the nurse on duty at the Glade Wellness Complex.