Buddy Check 7: Marshfield Clinic opens Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Tissue Repair

Published: May. 7, 2018 at 9:16 PM CDT
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New technology at Marshfield Clinic is helping repair wounds more efficiently than ever.

An expanded hyperbaric chamber-so large it's actually called the Hyperbaric Center-is repairing radiation scars for breast cancer patients, and many other wounds at the same time.

"They said in 14 days your hair will fall out, and by golly, 14 days, I was in the shower and it looked like the abominable snowman was in there with me, because there was just white hair all over," Beverly Peaslee said while reflecting on her breast cancer journey.

Beverly was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram.

After rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, scars were left behind that doctors wanted to fix.

She began receiving treatment in the original two-unit hyperbaric facility.

"If you just leave the wound to heal on its own, it usually takes about three to four months to heal. But, with advanced techniques, with wound surgery, and with hyperbaric medicine, we can easily cut that time in half," Dr. Michael Caldwell, Director of the Center for Hyperbaric Medicine said.

The new 34,000 square foot facility allows up to ten patients at once to undergo treatment and move around more freely.