Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in Plastic Surgery practice: case series and literature overview
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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is the use of 100% oxygen at pressures more than atmospheric. Several approved applications and indications exist for HBOT in the literature. Non-healing wounds, such as diabetic and vascular insufficiency ulcers, have 1 Clinic of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Neurosciences, University Hospital of Padova, Padova, Italy 2 Department of Physiology, University of Padova, Padova, Italy Corresponding author: Ilaria Tocco-Tussardi, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org © Copyright 2019, CIC Edizioni Internazionali, Romabeen a major area of application, and the use of HBOT as an adjunct has been approved by several studies and trials. HBOT is also indicated for acute soft tissue infections like clostridial myonecrosis, necrotising soft tissue infections, as also for traumatic wounds, crush injury, compartment syndrome, and compromised skin grafts and flaps. Another major area of application of HBOT is radiation-induced wounds. With increasing availability of chambers and studies proving the benefits of use, HBOT should be considered as an essential part of the overall management strategy for plastic surgeons.
KEY WORDS: Application - Guidelines - Hyperbaric medicine - Hyperbaric oxygen therapy - Indication - Plastic reconstructive surgery.