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Is there a surgery in your immediate future?

Is there a surgery in your immediate future?

Consider the Advantages of Peri-operative HBOT

Peri-operative hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) offers several potential benefits that can enhance surgical outcomes and improve patient recovery. Here are some of the key advantages:

1. Enhanced Tissue Oxygenation: HBOT increases the amount of oxygen dissolved in the blood,    significantly enhancing tissue oxygenation. This is particularly beneficial in the peri-operative period as it can improve oxygen delivery to tissues that are at risk of hypoxia during surgery.

2. Reduced Surgical Site Infections (SSIs): There is evidence suggesting that HBOT can reduce the incidence of surgical site infections. The enhanced oxygenation of tissues strengthens the immune response and creates an environment less conducive to bacterial growth, which is crucial in preventing postoperative infections.

3. Improved Wound Healing: Enhanced oxygen levels in the blood and tissues can accelerate the wound healing process. This is especially beneficial in surgeries involving large incisions or in patients with compromised healing capabilities, such as those with diabetes or vascular disorders.

4. Reduced Edema and Inflammation: HBOT has been shown to reduce edema and inflammation post-surgery. This can lead to decreased  pain and a faster return to normal activities.

5. Potentiation of Antibiotics: The increased oxygen levels can potentiate the effect of certain antibiotics, making them more effective against anaerobic bacteria, which are often problematic in surgical infections.

6. Neuroprotection: In surgeries that carry a risk of neurological damage, such as cardiac and neurosurgery, HBOT can provide neuroprotective effects. The therapy helps maintain tissue oxygenation, which is critical in preventing neuronal injury due to hypoxia.

7. Reduced Risk of Anastomotic Leakage: In gastrointestinal surgery, for example, HBOT has been reported to reduce the risk of anastomotic leakage by improving collagen synthesis and tissue strength at the surgical site.

These benefits suggest that incorporating HBOT in the peri-operative care plan could be a valuable strategy to improve surgical outcomes, reduce complications, and enhance patient recovery, particularly in complex or high-risk surgeries.


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