This health video focuses on the after care treatment after brain surgery in an oxygen chamber.
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Jennifer Mathews: Dave Clark doesn't need a video store. He catches a movie every weekday at the hospital. Dave spends five days a week, 130 minutes a day, in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to treat brain injury after radiation. He's had two brain tumors removed in the last 4 years. Dave Clark: Ironically, the day after my daughter was born, was my first day of chemo. Jennifer Mathews: Doctor Laurie Beth Gesell, a hyperbaric medicine expert, says the damaged brain tissue leads to a variety of problems. Laurie Beth Gesell: They might have numbness. They might have thinking problems. They might have speaking problems. They might have things as generalized as just severe headaches. Jennifer Mathews: Typically steroids are used to treat tissue damage. Doctor Gesell hopes breathing in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber will be a better option. The MRI on the left shows a pattern of brain tissue damage surrounded by swelling. The MRI on the right shows the difference after several months of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Laurie Beth Gesell: For the most part, hyperbarics is an incredibly safe type of treatment. All it is, is that we have a person breathe oxygen, and we pressurize that oxygen. Jennifer Mathews: MRI's show the treatment improves nearly eighty percent of patients. Dave is one of them. And he says the movies are a bonus. This is Jennifer Mathews reporting.