Whether it's a pre-planned procedure or an emergency operation, patients who plan to undergo or have already undergone surgery may find many benefits to utilizing hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Before surgery, a patient may have a few hyperbaric treatments to help boost their immune system and stimulate stem cell growth in preparation for infection prevention and tissue repair. Treatments immediately following surgical procedures have been shown to boost collagen levels and positively influence anti-inflammatory and tissue repair genes. This may result in faster healing time (up to 60% faster) with less inflammation, scar tissue and bruising. Hyperbaric therapy has been studied extensively for its ability to treat open wounds quickly, helping get patients back on their feet much faster with few complications.
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Applications of hyperbaric oxygen in otolaryngology head and neck surgery: facial cutaneous flaps
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is of significant benefit in the setting of an ischemic flap of the head and neck. Mechanistically, hyperbaric oxygen decreases local tissue edema and improves oxygen delivery to compromised tissues. Both capillary and fibroblast in-growth occur at a greater rate with hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and there is an increase in the tensile strength of the wound. Additional indications in the head and neck include traumatic composite amputations, necrotizing soft-tissue infections, and osteoradionecrosis of the facial skeleton.
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"HBOT has been successfully used as adjunctive therapy for wound healing. Non-healing wounds such as diabetic and vascular insufficiency ulcers have been one major area of study for hyperbaric physicians where use of HBOT as an adjunct has been approved for use by way of various studies and trials. HBOT is also indicated for infected wounds like clostridial myonecrosis, necrotising soft tissue infections, Fournier's gangrene, as also for traumatic wounds, crush injury, compartment syndrome, compromised skin grafts and flaps and thermal burns. Another major area of application of HBOT is radiation-induced wounds, specifically osteoradionecrosis of mandible, radiation cystitis and radiation proctitis. With the increase in availability of chambers across the country, and with increasing number of studies proving the benefits of adjunctive use for various kinds of wounds and other indications, HBOT should be considered in these situations as an essential part of the overall management strategy for the treating surgeon."
"HBOT was started as a treatment modality for management of decompression sickness and, with the passage of time, its scope has gradually increased to include numerous indications. Indications of particular interest to the plastic surgeon include ischaemic wounds, diabetic ulcers, traumatic wounds, necrotising infections, failing grafts and flaps, radiation wounds, and thermal burns, and the use of HBOT must be considered by the managing surgeon."
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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a prophylactic and treatment against ileus and recurrent intestinal obstruction soon after surgery to relieve adhesive intestinal obstruction
Background and aim: Nonoperative management of cases of adhesive intestinal obstruction would be ideal, especially for patients who have recently undergone surgery to relieve the same condition. We aimed to examine whether hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy might have therapeutic potential for the treatment of postoperative paralytic ileus and recurrent adhesive intestinal obstruction soon after surgery, to relieve adhesive intestinal obstruction, because of its unique mechanisms in these contexts.
Methods: A total of 133 patients were enrolled in the present study. We examined non-per os periods, hospital stay, and clinical course according to the postoperative course of the 133 patients.
Results: After surgical intervention, 75 patients left the hospital without morbidity. Nineteen patients were successfully administered prophylactic HBO therapy to facilitate intestinal motility and to prevent paralytic ileus. The remaining 39 patients suffered from postoperative paralytic ileus or early recurrence of obstruction during the same hospitalization period. The patients who underwent prophylactic HBO therapy had significantly shorter non-per os periods and hospital stays after surgery than those who were not initially given HBO therapy (P < 0.05). Similarly, there were significant differences in duration of hospital stay after surgery between patients with HBO therapy as treatment and those who received other conservative therapies (P < 0.05).
Conclusions: HBO therapy may have a prophylactic effect on postoperative paralytic ileus and may be of therapeutic benefit in the management of early recurrent adhesive intestinal obstruction following surgery to relieve adhesive intestinal obstruction.
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Before Surgery, after 1 hour of mild hyperbaric therapy.
Plastic Surgery - Face lift and microdermabrasion procedure.
Day of surgery- immediately after
2 hours of mild hyperbaric therapy (1 pre surgery, 1 post)
2 days post-op
3 hours mild hyperbaric therapy.
4 days post-op
4 hours of hyperbaric therapy.
6 days post-op
6 hours of mild hyperbaric therapy.
12 days post-op
Client came to us prior to her face-lift surgery. She completed one hour of hyperbaric therapy 2 days before her surgery in an attempt to boost her stem cells and immune system.
She then had her surgery and over the next two weeks, completed a total of 7 hours of mild hyperbaric therapy at 1.3 ATA with supplemental oxygen.
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