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How hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps with surgery recovery

Other Medical Conditions and HBOT | Published: September 29th 2021, 08:47AM

Explore the well-documented ways HBOT speeds up and increases the efficacy of post-op surgical healing 


Whether it’s a life-saving surgery or an elective procedure, following proper recovery protocols after surgery is essential to healing correctly, quickly and easily.

The most important step in surgery recovery is following discharge instructions, but for some patients, recovery may require more effort and additional treatments to successfully heal in the typical period of time for the specified procedure.

Many leading surgeons are now recommending post-operative hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to help their patients heal as quickly and safely as possible. Continue reading to learn about the well-documented benefits of HBOT for surgery recovery, plus how we’re helping our patients heal after surgery.    


How do patients typically recover from surgery?

Although it depends on the type of surgery, surgeons often recommend that patients follow these basic tips to heal quickly and effectively after their operation: 

  • Attend all follow-up appointments
  • Practice proper incision care protocols to prevent infection
  • Stay hydrated and eat a healthy diet 
  • Keep your pain at a tolerable level
  • Get moving with a daily gentle walk. [1]


Unfortunately, many surgery patients are often so eager to get back to their day-to-day activities as quickly as possible that they don’t follow these proper recovery protocols and end up with unwanted post-op complications such as blood clots or deep vein thrombosis.


What are the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for surgery recovery?

The desire to safely and quickly heal after surgery is where patients often first discover hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a post-op healing treatment. 

By exposing the body to an atmosphere of 100% oxygen that’s at least 10-15 times the normal supply, hyperbaric oxygen therapy works to safely speed up the body’s recovery time by up to 75% after surgery by:

  • Limiting swelling, bruising and inflammation
  • Reducing pain without the need for post-op pain medications
  • Elevating the body’s natural immune defenses to fight infection and bacteria.


The oxygen-rich environment of HBOT accelerates healing by allowing more oxygen to reach the areas of your body most affected by surgery, such as your incision, so that your body is aided in its fight to heal and reduce your post surgery symptoms. 


Learn more:
How does hyperbaric oxygen therapy heal wounds?


Which surgeries can hyperbaric oxygen therapy help with during recovery? 

The benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy administered after various types of surgery are well-documented. One study on the effect of HBOT on infection and bone inflammation after sternotomy and cardiothoracic surgery found that the length of stay in the intensive care unit (ICU) and the duration of positive pressure ventilation were all significantly lower in patients with HBOT than those without. [2]

Research has shown great results with HBOT for surgery recovery after the following procedures:



Did you know HBOT can also help with recovery after many other types of surgery?
Please visit our research library to learn more by viewing the studies.


How we help patients after surgery

At Hyperbaric Healing Treatment Center, we’ve seen great success in treating patients after surgery. 

“Surgery recovery is a popular treatment indication at both Hyperbarics Orlando and Hyperbarics New Smyrna Beach,” shares Erika Jordan, hyperbaric director and founder of Hyperbaric Healing Treatment Center.

“Especially since the pandemic, we’ve seen many patients for surgery recovery, not only plastic surgery, but hip replacements, dermatological procedures and shoulder surgeries to name a few,” Jordan says.


We’d like to share the story of one of our patients who experienced the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy after surgery:


“I had the most amazing experience at Hyperbaric Healing Treatment Center. They have a wonderful staff who made me feel comfortable the whole time. They were very professional and took care of me very well. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment really did help me feel much better after each session and be pain free and drug free after my mini tummy tuck and liposuction. I recommend them 100%.”

— Estefani A., via Google Reviews


Want to learn more about hyperbaric oxygen therapy after surgery?

Even if you work with the most talented surgeons, undergoing a minor or major surgery puts loads of stress on your body and requires immense effort for it to heal properly on its own. 

If you find yourself struggling to heal from a medical procedure, consider hyperbaric oxygen therapy to aid in your recovery.

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


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1: Verywell Health | 10 ways to improve your recovery after surgery

2: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery | Hyperbaric oxygen therapy as an adjunctive treatment for sternal infection and osteomyelitis after sternotomy and cardiothoracic surgery

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