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Surgery is a complex and invasive procedure that can be associated with various complications. One of the most common complications is tissue damage caused by reduced oxygen supply to the surgical site. This can lead to delayed wound healing, infections, and other complications. HBOT has been shown to improve tissue oxygenation and promote wound healing, making it an attractive option for surgeons.

One of the primary mechanisms by which HBOT promotes tissue healing is by increasing the amount of oxygen available to cells. When a patient breathes pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber, the oxygen dissolves in the blood plasma, allowing it to reach areas that may be inaccessible to red blood cells. This increased oxygen availability enhances the body's natural healing processes and helps to repair damaged tissues.

HBOT can be used before, during, or after surgery to promote healing. Before surgery, HBOT can help prepare the body for the upcoming procedure by increasing oxygen levels and improving circulation. During surgery, HBOT can be used to provide additional oxygen to the surgical site, enhancing tissue repair and reducing the risk of complications. After surgery, HBOT can promote wound healing and reduce the risk of infections.

Benefits of HBOT in Surgery

HBOT has been shown to have numerous benefits in surgical settings. Some of the most significant benefits include:

  1. Improved Wound Healing: HBOT can improve tissue oxygenation and promote wound healing, reducing the risk of complications such as infections and delayed healing.

  2. Reduced Risk of Infections: HBOT can enhance the body's immune response, reducing the risk of infections and improving overall recovery.

  3. Enhanced Tissue Repair: HBOT can enhance the body's natural healing processes, promoting the repair of damaged tissues and reducing the risk of scarring.

  4. Reduced Swelling: HBOT can help to reduce swelling and inflammation, which can be a significant source of discomfort after surgery.

  5. Improved Pain Management: HBOT has been shown to help reduce pain levels after surgery, allowing patients to recover more comfortably.

  6. Reduced Recovery Time: By promoting tissue healing and reducing the risk of complications, HBOT can help patients recover more quickly and return to their normal activities sooner.



Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a valuable tool in the field of surgery. By improving tissue oxygenation and promoting wound healing, HBOT can help reduce the risk of complications and improve overall recovery. While HBOT is not appropriate for all surgical procedures, it can be a useful adjunct therapy for many patients. If you are considering surgery, talk to your doctor about whether HBOT may be a beneficial option for you.


  1. "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: A Review" by Tricarico S et al. ( - This review article discusses the applications of HBOT in plastic and reconstructive surgery, including its effects on wound healing and tissue viability.

  2. "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Surgical Site Infection and Anastomotic Leakage Prevention Following Colorectal Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis" by Wang Y et al. ( - This systematic review and meta-analysis evaluates the efficacy of HBOT in preventing surgical site infections and anastomotic leakage after colorectal surgery.

  3. "The Role of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in the Prevention and Management of Osteoradionecrosis of the Jaw: A Literature Review" by Tarsitano A et al. ( - This literature review examines the use of HBOT in the prevention and management of osteoradionecrosis of the jaw, a serious complication of radiation therapy for head and neck cancer.

  4. "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Radiation-Induced Cystitis and Proctitis: A Prospective Cohort Study on Patient-Related Quality of Life" by Fellman BM et al. ( - This prospective cohort study evaluates the effects of HBOT on patient-related quality of life in patients with radiation-induced cystitis and proctitis.

  5. "Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Perioperative Enhancement of Tissue Oxygenation in Compromised Surgical Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis" by O'Doherty J et al. ( - This systematic review and meta-analysis assesses the potential benefits of HBOT in enhancing tissue oxygenation in compromised surgical patients.

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