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Treating Radiation Damage with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Treating Radiation Damage with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

This morning Hyperbaric Medical Solutions’ put out its first newsletter. Our goal is to educate and inform you of the remarkable healing opportunities that may be achieved through Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has been used in various forms since the 1600’s but became more widely recognized for its clinical medicinal uses in the early 19th century. Since then, this innovative technology has assisted many patients in healing from numerous challenges to their health.

This newsletter edition will explore how Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is used to treat and heal injuries caused by radiation therapy, which is a treatment used in treating many cancers.

Did You Know?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help patients with injuries that occurred following radiation therapy.

Radiation therapy has improved tremendously. It targets tumors more accurately and minimizes damage to the surrounding tissue. However, even with those advancements, the normal tissue surrounding the tumor may be impacted, which may cause new symptoms. It is important to note:

  • Injuries from radiation are not usually identified by the radiation oncologist because they may occur months and even years after radiation therapy.
  • Damaged tissue breaks down over time. Healing the damaged tissue requires a safe and effective medical intervention.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is the only modality to target and repair damaged tissue caused by radiation treatment.

Treating Radiation Damage with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is recognized by the FDA for a number of medical conditions, all of which are generally covered by insurance.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is FDA approved for latent or internal radiation injuries and has been successful with many patients experiencing symptoms following radiation treatment.

There are several types of latent radiation injury, which include:

  • Radiation Cystitis or Prostitis (Bladder Cancer or Prostate Cancer): Some patients complain of urinary frequency, pain, burning or bleeding.
  • Radiation Tissue Injury after Mastectomy: Many women have surgical reconstruction after mastectomy and radiation therapy. These women are at higher risk of post-operative complications due to poor circulation in the radiated area.  Some women develop open sores on their chest that will not heal due to prior radiation therapy.
  • Dental Problems or Jawbone Problems following Head and Neck Surgery for Cancer: Individuals experience open sores, multiple caries or fractures of the jaw.
  • Bowel Problems or Bleeding after Colon Cancer and Radiation: Diarrhea, urgency, incontinence, and rectal bleeding are common symptoms.

Study Shows Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Improves Symptoms in Patients with Radiation Injuries

A 2013 study titled “Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment in Radiation-Induced Cystitis and Proctitis: A Prospective Cohort Study on Patient-Perceived Quality of Recovery,” concluded that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can be an effective and safe treatment modality for late radiation therapy-induced soft tissue injuries in the pelvic region. According to the study, symptoms were alleviated in 76% of patients with radiation cystitis, 89% of patients with radiation proctitis, and 88% of patients with combined cystitis and proctitis. The improvement was sustained at follow-up in both domains 6 to 12 months after receiving Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. No severe side effects related to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy were observed, according to the study.

How Does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Work?

There are numerous processes the body undergoes in order to heal injuries, such as stem cell production, gene expression, white blood cell enhancement, new capillary (blood vessel) growth. 

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy supports these processes and the immune system as it works to ward off challenges to the body’s health.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy drives oxygen further into the body’s tissue, promoting healing. The oxygen is transported into the red blood cell and saturates the plasma of the blood, thereby delivering 10 to 14 times the amount of oxygen to the tissues.

Hyperbaric Oxygen provides the nutrients required to promote healing and recovery.

Consider how Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can assist you or your loved one with an advanced healing therapy.

Discover the Healing Benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

At Hyperbaric Medical Solutions, we are inspired by the progress and success patients have experienced through Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

We want to share our enthusiasm and knowledge for this extraordinary technology that has the ability to help individuals in their healing and recovery process, creating life-changing results. We welcome your feedback. Please contact us with any questions you may have in relation to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and how it may benefit yourself or a loved one.


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To learn more about how Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy may assist you or your loved one in healing and recovery, please visit Hyperbaric Medical Solutions at www.hyperbaricmedicalsolutions.com.

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Hyperbaric Seminar – November 16th – CME Credits Available!

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An ACCME approved Seminar on the Principles & Applications of Hyperbaric Medicine

Hyperbaric Medical Solutions is proud to host an ACCME approved seminar on the fundamentals of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.  A full description and registration for the event can be found at www.woundeducationpartners.com/hbot.  Mark your calendars for the exciting and informative presentation given by Dr. Helen Gelly of Wound Education Partners.

When:   November 16, 2013

Where: Fox Hollow Inn (theinnatfoxhollow.com)
              7755 Jericho Turnpike
                Woodbury, New York 11797 

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Credits: 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditstm

To register for this event,
or visit woundeducationpartners.com/hbot

Early Online Registration – $125 if register by November 1st
Online Preregistration – $150
At the door – $200
Groups of 3 or more – $100 pp – a 33% Discount!

Breakfast, break, and lunch will be served

Presented by ECEPSponsored Bymscure-logo2

The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditstm. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Wilderness Medical Society and Peters Educational Group, LLC d/b/a Wound Care Education Partners. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


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HBOT and its Role in Recovery


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What is “recovery”? And how might hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)  help?

Most people think of “recovery” in a medical or health-related context. A person may be hurt or injured in an accident and suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or a crush injury. Or they may be diagnosed with cancer or suffer a stroke. Others may suffer from neurologically-based and sometimes progressively-worsening conditions such as MS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and autism. Yet others may be plagued by debilitating pain conditions like fibromyalgia or RSD/CRPS, or may be diabetics facing amputation due to foot ulcers that won’t heal.

By definition, you can’t have a recovery until you first have a trial or set-back. Unfortunately, full recovery is not always possible, no matter what treatment options you try…conventional, holistic, experimental, or otherwise. In some cases, slowing the progression of a disease and extending life may be the best one can hope for.

HBOT has long been recognized and approved for treating 13 diseases and conditions, including decompression sickness, chronic wounds, osteomyelitis, thermal burns, diabetic ulcers, and carbon monoxide poisoning.

But independent HBOT centers such as ours also offer this potentially helpful and revolutionary therapy to help treat more than thirty diseases and conditions which are not yet FDA-approved in America. Notably, many of these conditions are already approved and have long been successfully treated in countries including China, Russia, Japan, and Great Britain to name just a few*. http://bit.ly/QPH7Zz 

Why consider hyperbaric oxygen therapy for these conditions?

For some, HBOT is a last resort after conventional treatments have failed. For others, it’s a revolutionary yet holistic therapy that can be used to supplement…not replace… their conventional treatment protocol. Virtually painless for most, except for some pressure similar to flying in an airplane or diving in a pool, HBOT is a non-invasive therapy with few side effects. It involves lying in a comfortable, private acrylic chamber and simply breathing 100% oxygen under pressure, while sleeping or watching TV. While you breathe in the chamber, your body absorbs far more oxygen than is accessible from the air we all breathe. And oxygen-rich blood promotes healing.

HBOT may be a stone on your path to recovery. But the first step starts with you. Call us today if you’d like more information about adding HBOT to your treatment protocol. We have offices in Woodbury and Medford, Long Island. http://bit.ly/1h4Iv7v

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Do you have a disease or condition that has not responded to conventional treatment?

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperbaric_medicine / http://www.drruhland.com/18.html

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PTSD Awareness Day

PTSD Awareness Day

Today is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day. What better time to spread awareness of how this devastating condition may be treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

HBOT is a revolutionary, natural medical therapy in which patients breathe 100% pure oxygen under pressure. This safe, non-toxic, and generally painless treatment floods the blood cells with healing oxygen in levels otherwise unattainable… helping the body to regenerate and promoting healing and stem cell production.  Please click here for Hyperbaric Medical Solutions’ exciting, one minute video on how HBOT works for over 40 medical diseases and conditions, including PTSD and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

PTSD is defined as “a psychological reaction occurring after experiencing a highly stressing event (as wartime combat, physical violence, or a natural disaster) that is usually characterized by depression, anxiety, flashbacks, recurrent nightmares, and avoidance of reminders of the event”.** This condition significantly impairs the sufferer’s ability to function on a daily basis  affecting his/her family’s life as well, putting sufferers at an increased risk for divorce and suicide.  PTSD may present itself immediately after the traumatic triggering event, several years later, or anywhere in between.

PTSD is a condition that will affect 7-8% of the general population at some point in life and affects 5.2 million people in a given year*…more than 3 percent of the population.

Because 11-20% of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans suffer from PTSD and with an estimated 20+ vets committing suicide each day, the disorder is getting more attention in the news and the government has begun considering additional treatment options.  Recently, Oklahoma House Representative John C. Bennett, who this year sponsored landmark legislation (H.B. 1942) seeking to provide HBOT to veterans with PTSD and TBI, credits HBOT with helping his own recovery. After passing the Oklahoma House unanimously, the bill was held up in Senate committee by 1 State Senator! But not before shining the spotlight on HBOT and starting the movement toward coverage for its use in PTSD cases, which helped lead to its inclusion of the 2014 NDAA led by Congressman Sessions, Chairman of the House Rules Committee.

At Hyperbaric Medical Solutions (HMS) in Long Island, New York, we use HBOT to treat PTSD patients and as part of our commitment to our nation’s military, we are currently seeking medically-qualified patients who are suffering from service-related PTSD and/or a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Selected patients are eligible to receive up to 40 complimentary HBOT treatment sessions. If you or a loved one is suffering, please contact our Medford or Woodbury offices for more information on this offer.

There are also clinical trials under way for HBOT and PTSD. For information on ongoing clinical trials in your area, see http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01105962

For a list of all 40+ medical conditions and diseases treated at HMS, click here.

Have you, or has someone you know, suffered from PTSD? Have you tried HBOT for it?

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*Department of Veterans Affairs

** Webster’s Dictionary

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HMS Rolls Out Red Carpet for Celebrities Seeking HBOT in New York

​HMS Rolls Out Red Carpet for Celebrities Seeking HBOT in New York

Long Island’s Hyperbaric Medical Solutions is the perfect facility for celebrities to consider when seeking out the healing benefits of HBOT. We are the only private HBOT facility in Suffolk County and are one of only two in Nassau County. So we are convenient for celebrities in New York City and Southampton or on location anywhere on Long Island.

Celebrities seeking HBOT can dodge the paparazzi in our comfortable state-of-the-art facilities, off the beaten path in Medford or in Woodbury. No sterile hospital to navigate through with us! Just compassionate health care professionals who promise not to gawk at your celebrity while treating you.

Our facilities are small enough to feel personal, yet large enough to allow us to afford celebrities HBOT in seclusion from any of their adoring fans who may also be our valued patients. At HMS, the privacy of all patients is a priority.

Just this week, Tracy Morgan told Howard Stern that he’s a fan of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for healing. (Thanks for helping raise public awareness of HBOT, Tracy!) For a list of the 40+ conditions we treat with HBOT, click here: http://bit.ly/QPH7Zz

So, we’ll just tell the celebrities out there who may need HBOT while in New York or on Long Island…have “your people” call “our people”.

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For celebrities: What is the most important thing you look for in a HBOT facility?

For non-celebrities: How would you react if you ever saw a celebrity in your HBOT facility?


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A New Year, A New You Through HBOT

Are you tired of making the same old New Year’s resolutions each year, only to find yourself failing before January is even over? Are you really going to make the same vague “lose weight” or “quit smoking” promises in an effort to feel better?

Why not try something different? Something relatively easy. Something without the dangerous side effects of many medications. Something generally comfortable and pain-free.

At Hyperbaric Medical Solutions (HMS), we use pure oxygen, under pressure, to help treat 40+ different medical conditions, diseases and ailments including cancer, stroke, autism, diabetic ulcers, Alzheimer’s disease, and gastrointestinal problems. The complete list of conditions is available here: http://bit.ly/QPH7Zz.

Treatment for many of these conditions is covered by insurance. However, HMS is committed to working out financial arrangements whenever possible with patients without insurance coverage for HBO-therapy. So if you are suffering, please call either the Medford or Woodbury offices for a consultation.

Running a 5K is one way to fitness and good health. But we can’t all do that. In fact, many of us shouldn’t try. Even walking can be a challenge for people with certain medical conditions or who are injured, overweight, or in chronic pain. HBOT may be the answer for those who need to start on the road to wellness in a simple way.

HBOT is something virtually everyone can do to help improve many ailments… because all you do is breathe. Just lay there in a clear, comfortable, climate-controlled HBOT chamber and breathe in the pure oxygen. Saturate your cells and tissues with oxygen while watching your preferred TV show or movie, your head resting on a fluffy pillow. Or just drift off to sleep.

Does this sound like a New Year’s resolution that you could keep?

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What New Year’s resolution did you make this year?


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HMS Urges You to Be Safe This New Year’s Eve

Hyperbaric Medical Solutions uses hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to treat over 40 medical diseases and ailments http://bit.ly/QPH7Zz , including cancer, stroke, autism, and diabetes to name only a few of the unpreventable conditions.

We treat preventable conditions, too. As New Year’s Eve approaches with its often wanton partying and reckless driving, we’d like to focus on some of the preventable conditions we treat.

While we’ve all grown up hearing that “friends don’t let friend drive drunk”, and we know about organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) or Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), the reality is that every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.*

Fortunately, not everybody dies in those crashes, but the stories of the survivors’ long roads to recovery are often untold. We at HMS know this all too well because we help the survivors attempt to regain their lives.

Some of the conditions we help treat for victims of car accidents include traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), crush injuries, thermal burns, spinal cord injuries and post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). By delivering pure oxygen, under pressure, HBO-therapy can help heal damaged tissue. If you or someone you know is suffering lingering effects from a car accident, please call us to discuss whether hyperbarics might help.

Thankfully, Hyperbaric Medical Solutions has the technology to help heal many of those severely injured by drunk drivers. Please don’t make us use it. Let’s prevent these tragedies.

Don’t drive drunk this New Year’s Eve, or any eve.

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Has your life been affected by a drunk driver? Will you share this information with friends and family to help prevent a tragedy?

* National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS data, 2012

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HMS Recognizes National Caregiver’s Month

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At Hyperbaric Medical Solutions, we use Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy or (HBOT) to treat patients suffering from over 40 different medical conditions and diseases, including stroke, cancer, TBI, autism, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes to name just a few.

While each of these diseases and conditions is different, they have something in common: the patient who is suffering almost always has a caregiver. And the caregiver is suffering, too.

It takes a special kind of person to be a caregiver.

The caregiver is a selfless master of multi-tasking. Caregivers are cooks, housekeepers, secretaries, chauffeurs, therapists, nurses, insurance claim handlers, advocates, and cheerleaders for their loved one. And that’s on top of all the other responsibilities of life, like a job and other family members’ needs. And their own needs.

Who takes care of the caregiver?

Sadly, too often caregivers overlook their own needs. They are so busy attending to their loved ones that they neglect themselves, especially if there is no one to help them. Over time this overwhelming situation can cause not only depression and resentment, but can jeopardize the caregiver’s own health. And then who will be left to care for the patient?

At HMS, we often get to know the caregivers of our patients as they sit in the waiting room or outside the hyperbaric chamber while the patient is having treatments. While their love is evident, the toll of caregiving is as well. And this concerns us.

If you know someone who is a caregiver, please reach out in any way you can. Offer real support, not just “If you need anything, call me.” Ask them specifically what they need. Persist if they answer “Nothing.” Offer suggestions. Can you make them a meal or run an errand like grocery shopping? If so, tell them “I’m coming over with a lasagna dinner at 7 on Friday, does that work for you?” Can you take their loved one to a doctor’s appointment? Maybe you can sit with their loved one for a few hours, or overnight, and provide a much needed break for the caregiver. If you can take a caregiver out for coffee or dinner or a massage, do it. If not, call them and drop over with coffee and cake once in a while so they have some company. Better yet, how about a weekly date to watch a favorite TV show together? (Remember to offer to bring the food or cake and drink, and don’t let them wait on you or your visit will just be more work for them.)

If you are a caregiver, please remember to take care of yourself. Don’t put off doctor’s appointments. Accept help or ask for it. You need a break. Everyone does. Remember what they say on airplanes: “If the oxygen mask drops, put it on you first. Then assist others.”

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What are the most rewarding and most challenging aspects of being a caregiver?

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Welcome to the HMS Blog!

Hyperbaric Medical Solutions (HMS), with locations in Medford and Woodbury, New York, is very excited to launch our new blog and to warmly welcome the many different people who might benefit from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

HMS is a Long Island medical practice led by Henry Prince, M.D. Founded in 2011, its goal is to bring the revolutionary healing powers of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to all those in need. HMS treats all health conditions that may benefit from increased oxygen concentration and absorption in the body. By breathing 100% pure oxygen in one of HMS’s private pressurized acrylic chambers, a greater amount of oxygen is able to be dissolved in the bloodstream to help improve healing.

HBO Therapy has been used to treat more than 40 different medical conditions. Some patients are treated for conditions that the FDA has already approved and is reimbursed by medical insurance; others are treated for conditions that studies reflect great efficacy, but are still in the investigational stage. A list of the conditions Hyperbaric Medical Solutions treats can be found by clicking here: http://bit.ly/QPH7Zz.

Our Medford facility was the first free-standing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy facility in Suffolk County. By that, we mean that we are the only facility in Suffolk that offers HBO Therapy in a non-hospital setting. Our Woodbury facility is one of only two such free-standing HBO Therapy facilities in Nassau County.

Staffed with highly trained medical personnel passionate about providing this cutting-edge therapy, our two offices offer HBO Therapy on Long Island that is convenient to patients in either county. And our private office atmosphere is warm and personal.

This blog is for you. It will be a place for education and conversation about the many different conditions we treat here. We encourage your comments and questions. If you want to know more about a particular medical condition and how HBO Therapy may help, or need to connect with a national or community-based organization related to your condition, just ask us and we will cover it. Contact us here: http://bit.ly/PNvh7q.

Another function of this blog will be to provide much needed support to HBO Therapy patients whose disease or conditions cause them great suffering, and to their caregivers, especially those who may feel overwhelmed or isolated by the burdens they lovingly shoulder as caregivers. Not only do we envision this space to be a place where we can help you, but also a place where you can help each other by listening to and sharing your wisdom and tips with others in the HMS community.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a million. Please take a few seconds to view this video to get a feel for what makes Hyperbaric Medical Solutions so unique: http://youtu.be/LpN9Bailo0A.

Join us on this journey by bookmarking this blog and by following Hyperbaric Medical Solutions on Facebook at facebook.com/HyperbaricMedicalSolutions and on Twitter @HyperbaricMS (twitter.com/HyperbaricMS).

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