I was in discussion with my doctor about surgery to correct some problems resulting from the cancer I had when I was a child. He informed me that hyperbaric oxygen therapy was necessary in preparation for surgery due to the high amounts of radiation I was exposed to. He was afraid the capillaries and blood vessels in my mouth would not support a major operation.

After 20 sessions I had my surgery, which included removing bone from my hip and inserting it into my upper jaw for reconstruction and sinus lifts. My doctor told me afterwards that the therapy had done exactly what it was supposed to do. It greatly increased the blood flow to my mouth, which allowed the operation to be performed, I also underwent 10 sessions after my surgery, which greatly increased my healing process. I was walking without assistance 4 days after bone was taken out of my hip and was eating solid food a week after the bone was put into my jaw. And one of the best things about it all, my insurance covered 100% of the hyperbaric therapy.

I was skeptical at first about the therapy because I really didn’t know much about it. The staff at HHI (Hyperbaric Healing Institute) was very helpful and caring, and made my treatments enjoyable. There was never a time when I felt uncomfortable or had unanswered questions.

I am looking forward to returning to HHI for therapy before my next surgery.