Hyperbaric therapy growing in Central Texas

POSTED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 5:45pm
UPDATED: Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 9:21pm

Technology in the healthcare field is ever-evolving. Methods to help the sick change with each new breakthrough.

But for some illnesses, the cure is as simple as breathing pure oxygen.

Hewitt resident Gary Fair has Type-2 diabetes.

“I’ve always been heavy, always been big. I’m big-boned. I’m six-foot-four," said Fair. "I found out I had diabetes when I was 40. So, I’ve had it for about 20 years now. I went in and started having these pains just shooting down my feat and my legs.”

The lack of blood flow wreaked havoc on his left leg.

Robert Plemmons of Scott and White Healthcare in Temple is Gary’s doctor.

“He has diabetes and what is called peripheral neuropathy. So, he doesn’t feel his feet like a normal person," explained Plemmons.

Lately, Fair has been undergoing therapy with a hyperbaric oxygen chamber.

It helps a wide range of patients by giving them 100% pressurized oxygen.

The therapy is becoming increasingly popular across the country and here in Central Texas.

“You’re not just in a room breathing in high-concentrated oxygen, you’re breathing it under pressure and what this does is increase the levels of oxygen in your blood to super-normal levels," said Plemons. "It causes the in-growth of new vessels into an area that is poorly supplied because of disease.”

And for Gary, the treatment is potentially saving his entire foot.

“My heel has healed up completely. I’m close, real close to being healed up completely," said Fair.


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