Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a cutting-edge treatment method that delivers pure oxygen to the blood and body tissues. HBOT has been an effective method at speeding up the healing process and reducing complications for patients with post-op wounds. Even wounds that were present before the surgery have benefitted from properly oxygenated blood cells.
Post-op wound care basics
Post-op wound care focuses on promoting healing and reducing the risk of infection. Post-surgery wounds can cause pain, inflammation, and bruising. Surgical incisions can lead to decreased blood flow and oxygen delivery.
Appropriate cleaning and dressing procedures can reduce the risk of infection and re-opening of the wound. HBOT has been shown to help with many side effects of post-op wounds. Patients have experienced positive results when receiving HBOT before or after surgery.
How does HBOT work?
HBOT increases the concentration of oxygen in tissues, including tissues damaged by surgical incisions. HBOT can encourage the healing and growth of blood vessels that deliver oxygen to the wound. This non-invasive treatment requires a patient to breathe 100% oxygen in a pressurized room and sealed chamber for sessions lasting 60-90 minutes.
Lower infection rate
Studies have shown that post-op wound infection can be reduced with HBOT. Researchers have administered oxygen during and after anesthesia to promising results. The findings show that oxygen therapy strengthens the immune system’s ability to fight infections. The treatment gives neutrophils, vital immune cells, the oxygen needed to kill foreign bacteria.
Faster healing and reduced pain
HBOT reduces the harmful bacteria that can slow down post-op wound healing. Oxygen’s anti-bacterial properties allow the body to recover quicker from wounds, and, thereby, reduce pain and bruising and improve the scar healing process.
Popularity among plastic surgeons
Plastic and cosmetic surgeons have been some of the main proponents of hyperbaric treatment for post-op wound care. Many plastic surgeons recommend HBOT to reduce edema, or excess watery fluid coming from the wound. Oxygen therapy has also been shown to help post-op recovery from elective procedures like laser skin resurfacing and rhinoplasty.
HBOT supports post-op wound care recovery
Post-op wound care can be improved with hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment in a variety of ways. There’s no replacement for routine care of the incisional wounds. Patients concerned with post-op complications can consult with a doctor to see if HBOT is the right treatment option.