HBOT and Cognitive Defects Post-Surgery
With two applications of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy before and post-surgery, cognitive defects may be reduced by 30%. This is especially important in diabetics, aged, and individuals with know underlying atherosclerotic disease, and where lengthy surgery with or without significant blood loss occurs. This is also noted in patients undergoing coronary bypass surgery. One of the underlying mechanisms is reduction in white blood cells and reduction in re-perfusion injury, thereby decreasing post-operative inflammation.
Another important place for HBOT, is in plastic surgery, where swelling is reduced, healing is accelerated, and scarring is reduced. Even in the case of finding cognitive defects after surgery, HBOT is still effective in delayed management.