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, HBO Therapy 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 and certified technician who monitors your treatment. During your HBO 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.

Is HBO Therapy safe?

HBO Therapy 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. HIN works with many local area surgeons to obtain your surgery clearance records to initiate the process. Not all individuals are candidates for HBO Therapy.

Is a referral needed?

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

What are the costs?

HBO Therapy for healthy patients undergoing elective procedures, HIN offers convenient pay as you go and package rates.

What are the chamber hours?

Chamber treatment times can vary, Monday – Friday, starting at 7:30 AM with last appointment at 1:45 PM, excluding designated holidays.

Where can I get more information on HBO Therapy use in surgery?

Indian Journal of Plastic Surgury: Hyperbaric oxygen and wound healing > Read Abstract

Sage Journals: Hyperbaric oxygen and deep chemical peeling > Read Abstract

PLOS | ONE: Antioxidant response of chronic wounds to hyperbaric oxygen therapy > Read HBOT Abstract

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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