NEWNAN, Ga. (July 29, 2008) – Orvil Lee Jeane, or Pete to family and friends, was diagnosed with throat cancer in spring of 2007 and lost his ability to speak. After intense radiation for the recommended period of time, he regained his voice but was only able to speak for a few weeks. In January of this year, Jeane underwent larynx and vocal cord surgery. Seven days after the surgery he developed a fistula, a tear between the glottis and trachea.
Jeane’s Ear, Nose and Throat physician James Burson, M.D., reached out to his neighbor Piedmont Newnan Hospital physician Jodi Vann, M.D., to see if hyperbaric oxygen therapy could help him. Dr. Vann, who works in the Wound Treatment and Hyperbaric Center at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, recommended that Jeane go to PNH’s hyperbaric chamber for treatment of soft tissue radiation necrosis. After just a week of once-a-day, 90-minute sessions in the hyperbaric chamber, Jeane’s wife of 48 years finally saw the fistula closing in the neck area.
“When Jeane first started treatment with us he was receiving enteral tube feeding for four months and he was frustrated,” says Judy Bennett, Hyperbaric Coordinator at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. “Now he can eat any food and has had his feeding tube taken out. His birthday was May 20, he turned 72 and I was glad to see him feeling better on his birthday.”
Tissue Hypoxia often results from not getting enough oxygen. Patients with non-healing fistulas/wounds can utilize the hyperbaric chambers to increase oxygen levels in the tissue. Hyperbaric oxygen is a method of delivering high doses of oxygen to the patient’s body while sitting in a pressurized chamber of 100 percent oxygen. Forty treatments, consisting of two to three hours per day, are considered a” full treatment” for most patients.
“I’ll have to drop by every once in a while to visit. They are so nice I feel like I have known them all of my life,” said Mrs. Jeane of the staff at the Wound Treatment and Hyperbaric Center. “I’ll tell you, you couldn’t ask for better treatment.”
The center also offers a multi-disciplinary, physician-driven model of wound care delivery including; bioengineered skin replacements, growth factor therapy, advanced wound dressing technology, diabetes foot care and prevention planning as well as certified wound care specialists. For more information about Piedmont Newnan Hospital’s Wound Treatment and Hyperbaric Center at, call 770-254-3331.