HBOT & Wounds/Plastics

Conditions Benefitted

  • Non-healing wounds
  • Necrotizing infections
  • Acute traumatic ischemia
  • Compromised Skin flaps/grafts
  • Post surgical soft tissue infections
  • Non-healing post surgery, reconstruction and cosmetic surgery
  • Pre and post surgery healing, reconstruction and cosmetic surgery

How will YOUR patient benefit?

HBOT effects wound healing in the following ways:
  • HBO2 promotes growth of new blood vessels (neovascularization)
  • New vasculature for healing needs a supporting structure of collagen. The collagen production and incorporation process needs oxygen
  • Increased oxygen tension in tissue increases oxygen-dependent killing of anaerobes by leukocytes, and also has direct toxic effects
  • Increased oxygen tension allows greater capillary oxygen diffusion distances
Many patients, when following closely the prescribed protocol for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy notice the following cumulative benefits from the oxygen: from HBO textbook, page 159 HBOT and Graft/Flap survival
  • Oxygen availability is critical to skin grafting success. HBO2 increases tissue oxygen levels in hypoxic and ischemic wounds.
  • HBO2 stimulates formation of blood vessels and granulation tissue, and prepares the recipient bed for grafts or flaps
  • In some cases, HBO2 will be enough to make skin grafting unnecessary, or reduce regrafting and repeat graft procedures

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To see a PDF file detailing reasons why you might not prescribe HBOT, click below. Contraindications (PDF)