Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) has earned most of its acceptance and successful reputation in orthopedic and plastic surgical conditions. Almost any delayed surgical wound healing or compromised grafting will have much higher chances of survival in enriched oxygen tissue.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is recognized today not only as effective adjunctive therapy in the management of: complicated post surgical conditions but also compartment syndrome; crush injury; skin grafts and flaps; osteomyelitis; thermal burns, frost bites and threatened re-plantations but also as a routine preventative measure. In osteoradionecrosis prophylaxis HBO improves osseointegration for 81% and survival of titanium implants and bone grafting after radiation therapy.

With hyperbaric oxygen therapy  graft survival increases by 75 % and post surgical complications are significantly reduced.

Post surgical hyperbaric oxygen therapy is extremely valuable in speeding up the healing and reducing recovery time. Although medical insurance coverage  would cover only the compromised skin graft or flap the preventive use of hyperbaric oxygen in cosmetic and plastic surgery is increasingly popular. Complications such as swelling, inflammation, infection and scarring are reduced which was proven from numerous wound healing studies. Oxygen can cleanse the body from anesthetics, strengthen the effect of medication and reduce side effect. All these attributes in faster healing are cost effective and best results are achieved with early and frequent oxygen treatment following the surgery.

Pre surgery oxygen therapy or conditioning  is important in people with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart problems and its main goal is to prepare the body for surgical intervention, reduce possible complications and aid in tissue repair.

The benefit of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in orthopedic conditions:

  • Hyperbaric oxygen raises oxygen content and oxygen transport to all tissue and improves cellular metabolism

  • Relieves pain and stiffness by improving local circulation

  • Reduces swelling by vasoconstriction, which in turn causes reapsorption of tissue fluids and increase of microcirculation

  • Enhances bone healing: improves the osetoclast and osteoblast activity, improves bone mineralization and bone density

  • Improves microcirculation by neovascularization

  • Suppresses inflammation, improving infection control and increasing the effect of antibiotic therapy

  • Strengthens the immune system

  • Reduces fibrous tissue and scar formation

  • Enhances peripheral nerve regeneration

  • Improves post surgery recovery (by all of the above)