Osteoradionecrosis

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What is Osteoradionecrosis?

Patients who are fortunate enough to survive cancer of the head and neck are usually left with many negative side effects due to radiation. These side effects include weak bones, pain, poor vascularization, slow healing wounds and potential surgical issues.

Why does Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) work?

HBOT treatments are essential to patients who have prior radiation of the head and neck. Hyperbaric treatment heals the damaged tissues and bone by promoting healthy growth of new blood vessels. Hyperbaric treatment can also ease the pain and prevents further complications if surgery is required.

How often is treatment?

Treatments are conducted Monday through Friday. Each treatment is about two hours long. We are accommodating to our patient’s active schedules by having several start times to choose from.

How many treatments do I need?

For nearly 30 years Oral Maxillofacial Surgeons have been using the Marx Protocol which calls for 20 to 30 hyperbaric treatments before any surgical intervention to the neck, head, and mouth. The Marx Protocol also calls for an additional 10 to 30 hyperbaric treatments after  surgery to ensure proper healing.

 

 

 

Brevard Regional Hyperbaric Center Paul W. Buza