Have you recently had surgery and are having a hard time healing? R3 Wound Care and Hyperbarics offers Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), which involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber to promote healing. Oxygen has a profound influence over wound healing, as any oxygen deficiency stunts the body’s ability to heal. 

HBOT is performed in a large, clear hyperbaric chamber to deliver pure, concentrated oxygen throughout the body. This process stimulates and supports the body’s healing processes. When white blood cells receive enough oxygen, they can effectively kill bacteria, reduce swelling, and allow the rapid reproduction of new blood vessels. Since HBOT addresses wound healing at a deep cellular level, it can be used to address surgical wounds that are not healing properly.

What are the Benefits of HBOT Sessions After Surgery?

Activating the body’s natural healing processes and reviving damaged tissue are the most significant benefits of HBOT sessions from wound healing specialists. Here’s how HBOT will benefit your healing after surgery:

  • Reduces pain, inflammation, and bruising
  • Has an antibacterial effect
  • Increases your comfort and reduces possible complications post-op
  •  Scars may heal better
  • Improves mitochondrial function (Mitochondria is often referred to as the powerhouses of the cell, they help convert energy we take from food into energy that the cell can use)

What are the Most Common Surgeries Using HBOT?

Any surgery can create surgical wounds that need time and extra care to heal. Although we treat any type of surgical incisions at R3, here are some of the most common surgical procedures that we provide surgical incision care for:

What Surgical Conditions Can HBOT Help?  

Infection Healing

Most infections develop within 30 days of surgery and cause redness, fever, pain, and delayed healing. A few of the most common types of surgical wound infections include Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. HBOT fights these infections by enhancing the white blood cells’ ability to fight bacteria, build new connective tissues, and improve organ function.

Incision Healing

Once initial conservative wound treatments have been performed, our experts may recommend HBOT to supplement your healing process, the frequency of treatments will be based on your wound location, size, and level of infection. HBOT offers a safe, natural, and efficient medical therapy for non-healing incision wounds. Since HBOT addresses wound healing at a deep cellular level, it can be used to address surgical wounds that are struggling to heal properly.

Skin Graft Healing

 HBOT can significantly increase the likelihood of graft survival and enhance skin graft and flap outcomes. This is done by restoring and strengthening the natural body processes needed to ensure skin-grafting success. It also helps to increase the viability of any compromised tissue, reducing the need for additional grafting procedures.

Diabetic Wound Care

Since the circulation problems associated with diabetes slow the movement of red blood cells, essential tissues become deprived of oxygen. Without enough oxygen, cells struggle to produce the energy they need to block bacteria, synthesize new collagen, or regenerate and repair after injury. Inhaling the concentrated flow of oxygen provided through regular HBOT treatments makes it possible to overcome oxygen deficiencies and stimulate a more effective healing process.

Radiation Burn Treatment

HBOT is proven to optimize the pressure of tissue oxygen and is now used clinically in the treatment of chronic ulcers and radiation burn wound care. By adding more oxygen into the bloodstream, HBOT helps overcome the vascular changes triggered by excessive radiation exposure. Pressurized oxygen dissolves directly into the body’s fluids and is delivered efficiently to all of the cells and tissues previously strangled and damaged by the effects of radiation.

Breast Cancer and Post-Mastectomy Wound Care

HBOT helps improve the appearance of post-mastectomy incisions, reduce swelling and bruising (if treatment is conducted soon enough after surgery), reduce post-op pain, and improve your overall recovery from surgery and anesthesia. Undergoing HBOT after a mastectomy but before breast reconstruction allows the radiated tissue to regrow blood vessels, return to a healthy state, and heal once operated on. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy can help reduce inflammation to the tissue while saturating it in oxygen and supercharging its regrowth.

Limb Salvage

Most patients who require limb salvage already have a condition like diabetes or peripheral vascular disease that restricts circulation and, as a result, the availability of oxygen to wounds. Since the goal of limb salvage is to remove infected tissue while protecting the bone and limb, HBOT offers an essential way to enhance the body’s natural healing capabilities and maximize the results of limb salvage.

Skin Cancer Surgery Recovery

Mohs surgery removes cancerous cells from the skin without any chemotherapy or radiation. While it may successfully remove skin cancer, Mohs surgery can result in substantial scarring and inflammation. HBOT treatments can help accelerate wound healing with its restorative properties that boost your own body’s healing mechanisms.

Where You Can Get Quality Surgical Wound Care

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy offers a safe, natural, and efficient medical therapy for non-healing surgical wounds. Each treatment session is easy, painless, and even relaxing. If you’ve experienced a surgical wound or infection that can’t heal sufficiently on its own, our wound care healing options can safely accelerate and enhance your healing process.

The wound care specialists at the clinic will work to assess each patient and then recommend the right treatment plan for them based on their condition. As a patient at R3 Wound Care & Hyperbarics, you’ll receive HBOT in a private setting with the latest hyperbaric technology, where you’ll be able to hear and speak to your treatment team, who will be monitoring you throughout the procedure.

Experience skilled personnel in our warm, welcoming treatment centers. The R3 team will address your unique medical needs and help you enjoy your life without the hindrance of surgical wounds. You don’t even need a referral from a doctor to make an appointment or receive treatment.

Find an R3 Wound Care & Hyperbarics location near you in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston or San Antonio, or contact us to schedule an appointment.