How can HBOT Post Surgery help?

HBOT post surgery can help with:

  • Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections
  • Compromised Grafts and Flaps
  • Enhancement of healing in healing and non-healing wounds

Ref. 13th Ed. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Indications

What is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT, is a specialized therapy that increases the partial pressure of oxygen in the tissues (hyper-oxygenation). The increase causes generalized vasoconstriction, improves antimicrobial immune function, and enhances wound healing.

How can HBOT help surgery patients?

The surgery site receives a healing dose of medical-grade oxygen through the surrounding body fluids and plasma even if the blood supply to the tissues is compromised. HBOT provides immediate oxygen support to tissues with poor blood flow. This helps to resolve unexpected complications post-surgery.

How many treatments are needed?

Many surgeons have recommended a series of treatments before and after the procedure. For patients who have a history of slow healing, smoking, obesity, or when incision sites have become infected, HBOT post surgery has been shown to improve surgical outcomes.

What is a hyperbaric chamber session like?

HBOT is administered in a private outpatient setting. The clear acrylic chamber allows you to easily see outside the chamber and be viewed by our trained technician who monitors your treatment. During your HBOT therapy, you can watch a movie or available favorite TV show or simply rest.

During the start of your session, your body and ears may start to feel the temperature and pressure changes. This is when the hyperbaric chamber is pressurized with medical-grade oxygen at or above 1.0 pounds per square inch per minute until the desired treatment pressure is reached. This part can take approximately 5-10 minutes on average. Once you reach at the prescribed treatment depth, the temperature cools back down and your body and ears have adapted to the increased pressure. As your session is nearing completion, you will be informed by the chamber technician that it is time to start to depressurize the chamber, which will occur at the same rate as you were pressurized. At this point, your body and ears may once again start to feel the temperature and pressure changes. In this example, total session time was 60 minutes.

Is HBOT safe?

HBOT is a safe way to alter the inflammatory process to help wound healing. HBOT is well established as an adjunctive treatment in burn injuries, healing and non-healing wounds.

Although hyperbaric oxygen therapy is usually well tolerated and has few side effects, subpopulations of patients may respond differently. Such factors as gender, aging, smoking, diabetes and hypertension need to be taken into consideration before use of HBOT post surgery.

Do I need medical clearance?

Before you begin hyperbaric oxygen therapy, you are required to obtain medical clearance from our Medical Director. HBO Evaluations are available by appointment only. HIN works with many local area surgeons to obtain your surgery clearance records to initiate the process.

Is a referral needed?

Referrals are not required in most cases; however, to expedite initiation of treatment, please have your surgery clearance documentation available.

What are the costs?

HBOT for cosmetic surgery patients and healthy patients undergoing optional elective procedures, HIN offers convenient pay as you go and package rates.

What are the chamber hours?

Chamber treatment times can vary, but are available Monday – Friday between 7:30 am – 3:00 pm, excluding designated holidays.

Where can I get more information on HBOT post surgery or HBOT use in wound healing?

The Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery discusses applications of HBOT in plastic surgery, some include:

Intro: Wound healing is a subject of great interest and involvement for the surgeon. While much of the physiology of wound healing is understood, gaps still exist in our understanding of the phenomenon. The surgeon attempts to modify the wound milieu by various means at his disposal. One such method is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

  • Non-healing wounds: Diabetic, vascular insufficiency ulcers
  • Infected wounds: Clostridial myonecrosis, necrotising soft tissue infections, Fournier’s gangrene
  • Traumatic wounds: Crush injury, compartment syndrome
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • Radiation-induced wounds
  • Thermal burns

To learn more about hyperbaric oxygen and wound healing from the Indian J. Plastic Surg. > Read Abstract

Is There an Association Between Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Improved Outcome of Deep Chemical Peeling? A Randomized Pilot Clinical Study

To read more about hyperbaric oxygen and deep chemical peeling > Read Abstract

Antioxidant Response of Chronic Wounds to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

To read more about hyperbaric oxygen and the antioxidant response of chronic wounds > Read HBOT Abstract

More information on use of HBOT post surgery and HBOT wound healing can be found by researching online, watching patient HBOT post surgery testimonials and HBOT news stories about hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Results may vary. Not all patients are candidates for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. There are risks associated with any medical treatment. Talk with your surgeon or physician about the risks and benefits of this treatment to find out if HBOT may be right for you.

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