Radiation’s initial damage causes edema (swelling) and inflammation followed by erythema and obliterative endarteritis which increase hypoxia in the tissue. The damaged tissue has a lack of normal capillaries and arterioles. In addition, these capillaries are decreased and disorganized further contributing to tissue hypoxia. These changes often happen 6 months to years after the initial radiation treatments and can occur with as little as 3000 cGy.
HBOT can alleviate and repair the side effects of radiation.
HBO Changes this by
- Improving tissue healing
- Resolving radiation necrosis
- Preventing radiation necrosis and supporting reconstructive surgery in irradiated tissue
- Which triggers growth of new blood vessels and collagen synthesis