Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is used both to prepare wound sites before transplant and to aid in healing after
transplant of skin grafts and flaps. HBOT works by enhancing blood circulation and tissue oxygenation in the wound bed.
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Note: The position of the Oxygen Therapy Committee of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) is that HBOT is
“…neither necessary nor recommended for the support of normal, uncompromised grafts or flaps.”
But in cases where tissue is “…compromised by irradiation or in other cases where there is decreased
perfusion [inadequate blood flow] or hypoxia [inadequate blood oxygen]…” hyperbaric oxygen can make an important contribution to saving skin grafts and flaps.
As with other conditions, a qualified physician must evaluate the patient to determine the cause of inadequate
circulation in the effected tissue and the appropriate course of treatment.
Read the page
Compromised Grafts and Flaps
in the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society resource library to learn more about compromised skin grafts and flaps,
the rationale for hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and treatment protocols, key clinical evidence, and success factors.