Tim Kewin: Wound Treatment
Tim Kewin first learned about hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) when he was a diver in the U.S. Navy. “Coming up too quickly in the water would cause nitrogen bubbles to form in the joints—a condition known as ‘the bends,’ he said. We had to go into a decompression chamber with a raised level of oxygen.” Tim never dreamed HBOT would save his foot many years later.
Tim came to the Henry Ford Allegiance Hyperbaric Center with a wound that wouldn’t heal. He was being treated at Henry Ford Allegiance Wound Care and was referred by orthopedic surgeon Tudor Tien, MD. “Dr. Tien and the wound center were doing a terrific job, but it was slow going. Hyperbarics definitely speeds the process. Without it, Dr. Tien said I had only a 50 percent chance of healing.”
Unlike when he was in the Navy, Tim discovered he was claustrophobic. “The Henry Ford Allegiance Hyperbaric Center’s chamber is much bigger and more comfortable that the one I used in the Navy, but somehow my age made it harder for me this time.”
Despite this discomfort, Tim stuck it out for four months of HBOT treatment and was able to completely heal his foot. “I did get used to it, and seeing my foot improve helped. The comfortable seats and the company of the other patients made the time go by faster,” he said.
Tim also praised the Henry Ford Allegiance Hyperbaric Center staff and leaders. “I can’t say enough good things about their professionalism and compassion. They were very concerned and always on top of what’s going on,” he said. “The whole team is really knowledgeable—and fun.”
Tim added that he is grateful to the Wound Care staff and Dr. Tien, as well. “Getting me where I am today was definitely a group effort,” he said. "They all took very good care of me.”