Donna Cagney: Wound Treatment

Donna Cagney had a wound that wouldn’t heal. As a result, the 86-year-old Jackson resident was in constant discomfort and unable to have a prosthesis made for her.

Following surgery for breast cancer, Donna Cagney had a wound that wouldn’t heal. As a result, the 86-year-old Jackson resident was in constant discomfort and unable to have a prosthesis made for her.

When her surgeon Phillip Frantzis, MD, first told her about hyperbaric oxygen therapy—a painless high-oxygen-pressure treatment recognized by the American Medical Association for its success in improving chronic, non-healing wounds—Donna was a bit apprehensive. “But, I trusted Dr. Frantzis and was willing to try anything that might help me,” she said.

Donna was referred to Bindesh Patel, MD, of the Allegiance Hyperbaric Center, who explained how hyperbaric therapy works and what she could expect from her treatments. “He works hard and makes it very easy for patients to talk to him and ask questions,” Donna said of Dr. Patel. “During my four-month treatment, he took photos every week to measure my progress. The staff was great, too, and treated me very kindly. I have no complaints.”

With her wound now completely healed, Donna is able to wear her prosthesis and is “feeling 100 percent better.” She’s finally able to resume her favorite activities, wii bowling and playing bingo with her friends.

If you are a smoker, it’s important for you to understand that smoking slows recovery and increases the risk of problems. Several weeks prior to surgery, talk with your health care provider if you need help quitting.