Hyperbarics at Harris
Updated: Tuesday, February 4 2014, 07:20 PM EST
Patients in need of advanced wound care treatment in the Sylva area, no longer have to travel out of town for treatment.
As News 13's Jay Siltzer shows us, hyperbarics have already paid off for one patient after years of frustration.
"We'll be treating you at two atmospheres today, which is the equivalent of 33 feet of sea water."
Clyde Watson continues treatment in Sylva at the new Harris Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center for a stubborn ankle wound.
Clyde Watson, "it never would heal up you know, nothing, stayed infected all the time."
Pressurized oxygen in this chamber for 90 minutes is painless.
Arne Paulson, hyperbarics technician, "and it allows the body to heal again because it kills the bacteria normally your circulation can't get to where it's age, trauma or hardware in your leg from surgery."
All those things apply to Clyde whose wound from an injury and surgery have now healed after nearly two years, "I'm great now; it's better, cured."
Many patients treated with hyperbarics are diabetics with stubborn foot wounds that won't heal on their own.