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HBOT and Hypospadias: How hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps with your child’s recovery from corrective surgery

Children & HBOT | Published: January 25th 2021, 10:23AM

Learn how HBOT can help children who’ve undergone surgery to correct hypospadias


Have you heard of hypospadias?

It may sound rare, but it’s actually one of the most common birth defects. In fact, it’s estimated that about 1 in every 200 babies in the United States is born with the condition. [1]


What is hypospadias?

Hypospadias is a birth defect in boys where the opening of the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) is not located at the tip of the penis.

The abnormal opening can form anywhere from just below the end of the penis to the scrotum. Hypospadias can occur in different degrees, with cases ranging from minor to very severe. [1]


How can hyperbaric oxygen therapy help children with hypospadias?

In most cases, surgery is required to correct the defect. This is usually performed when the child is between 3–18 months old. In some cases the surgery is done in stages, meaning your child must undergo multiple procedures.

To aid in recovery, many leading hypospadias specialists recommend hyperbaric oxygen therapy after surgery. HBOT can help by:

  • Supporting faster wound healing
  • Reducing swelling in the affected area
  • Stimulating new blood vessel growth and increased blood flow
  • Boosting the supply of circulating stem cells.


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for hypospadias can be covered by insurance if the condition meets certain criteria.


Did you know?

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can also help with recovery after many other types of surgery.

Learn more here.


How we can help

To help your child recover as quickly and successfully as possible after hypospadias corrective surgery, our trained team will work with your specialist to create a tailored treatment plan. We’re proud to have partnerships with many leading hypospadias specialists, including the Hypospadias Specialty Center in Texas.

Keeping our patients safe and comfortable during treatment is our number one priority, and we have several years of experience treating babies and children. Our private monoplace hyperbaric chambers are made of clear acrylic so that patients can feel at ease and see outside. In many cases, a parent or caregiver is able to accompany their child inside the chamber.


Want to learn more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy for hypospadias surgery recovery?

Our trained, caring team hyperbaric specialists are ready to answer any questions you may have! We welcome you to contact us today.


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1: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Facts about Hypospadias

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