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Patient Success Celebrated at Hyperbaric Center One Year Anniversary

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Patient Success Celebrated at Hyperbaric Center One Year Anniversary

"I was patient number 1 here at St. Catherine’s center, and after 54 dives, I am now walking on the leg that every other physician said I would have to have amputated,” said former patient Peter C. Pessoni.

The term “dive” in relation to hyperbaric medicine is relative to the actual treatment process. “A patient’s entire body goes inside a special, pressurized chamber,” said Medical Director of St. Catherine’s Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing Alexander Melman, MD, FACS, FAPWCA. “There, they are under increased atmospheric pressure and breathe 100% oxygen—this encourages new cells and blood vessels to form and enhances the body’s ability to fight infection.” This treatment process proved most successful for Mr. Pessoni.

“When I met with Dr. Melman, he informed me that they are doing wonderful things with prosthesis, but I am not letting you lose your leg—I am thankful to the amazing staff at St. Catherine of Siena,” said Mr. Pessoni.  The engineer is now back at work, healthily walking with both legs.

Medical Director of St. Catherine’s Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing Mitchell Kohan, DMP, FACFAS, FAPWCA, welcomed former patients, physicians, clinicians, support staff and administrators at the one year anniversary celebration, held on Monday, June 13, 2016. “Patients have been successfully completing our program where evidence-based medicine is helping to heal patients quickly,” said Dr. Kohan. “This anniversary is the first of many anniversaries to come.”

Approximately five million Americans suffer from chronic open sores that can be seriously infected, gangrenous, and may require surgical procedures. This is often due to limited blood flow, which can slow the body’s natural healing process.

St. Catherine of Siena’s Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing offers a comprehensive approach for patients with chronic wound issues. The facility offers services for the treatment of chronic, non-healing and/ or poorly healing wounds. These services are delivered by physicians and staff specializing in wound care and hyperbaric medicine.

Photo (L-R): Medical Directors of St. Catherine’s Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Healing Alexander Melman, MD, FACS, FAPWCA, and Mitchell Kohan, DMP, FACFAS, FAPWCA, with former patient Peter C. Pessoni.

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If you have a wound that has not responded to conventional therapy, call (631) 784-7200.