Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy “Changed My Life” Says Stroke Victim

Keren Trabelsi

Thirteen months ago Keren Trabelsi was rushed to the hospital. The 45-year-old mother of two had suffered an ischemic stroke that had paralysed the left side of her body. After a three-hour operation, doctors gave their verdict. “The prognosis was not good,” said Trabelsi.

Facing Trabelsi were a series of potential obstacles: physical dysfunction, loss of voluntary motor skills or paralysis, speech difficulties, and cognitive dysfunction such as memory loss, lack of attention or a decline in information processing speed.

But, thanks to a friendship with one of the world’s leading experts in hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), Trabelsi found a treatment program that had the potential to put her on a path to recovery.

Professor Shai Efrati is the founder and director of the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research at Shamir Medical Center in Israel and Chair of the Medical Advisory Board at Aviv Clinics in Dubai.

HBOT sees patients breathe pure oxygen in chambers over the course of numerous treatment sessions in an effort to rejuvenate nonfunctional neurons. This hyperoxygenation has shown the ability to generate new synaptic connections and new blood vessels that can improve mitochondrial function and cerebral metabolism, reduce inflammation, regenerate axonal white matter, stimulate axonal growth, and promote blood-brain barrier integrity.

Clinical studies on patients suffering from stroke, diabetic wounds, and post-traumatic brain injury have demonstrated that repeated HBOT sessions can increase circulating stem cells in correlation with the clinical improvements. Several studies performed at the Sagol Center focused on the ability of Aviv’s HBOT protocols to restore brain function in post-stroke patients in the chronic stage of recovery, as well as in traumatic brain injury patients.

In the UAE, stroke is the second leading cause of disability after road accidents and annually anywhere from 8,000 to 10,000 people in the country suffer from strokes. That equates to one person in the UAE having a stroke every hour with up to 50% of stroke survivors suffering from some form of motor disfunction or brain impairment.

Under the supervision of Efrati and his team at Aviv, Trabelsi began HBOT and saw rapid results. “My physiotherapist couldn’t believe how fast I was improving,” she smiles. “It changed my life.”

Efrati explains, “Cases like Keren Trabelsi show how HBOT has the potential to dramatically alter the course of recovery for stroke victims. Through this treatment, Keren has made significant progress in both her brain performance as well as her physical capabilities, resulting in increased independence and a tremendous impact on her personal confidence.”

For more information on how HBOT can help with stroke recovery, visit: https://aviv-clinics.ae/disease/post-stroke/

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