Skin grafts and flaps can be used to efficiently treat skin wounds and help your entire body remain protected. Skin grafting is an especially powerful treatment when paired with natural hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) known to maximize results.
What is a Skin Graft?
A skin graft is a piece of skin that is removed from one area of the body and transplanted, or attached, to another. Skin grafts are often indicated for the treatment of skin loss from infection, burns, venous and arterial insufficiency ulcers, pressure ulcers, diabetic ulcers and very large wounds.
Skin grafts are performed by taking healthy skin from a place on the body called the donor site. Most people who are having a skin graft have a split-thickness skin graft, which usually includes the two top layers of skin (the epidermis) and the layer under the epidermis (the dermis). The harvested skin is transferred to the wound being treated and held in place by a wound dressing, staples or small stitches. Extremely deep tissue loss may require a full-thickness skin graft, which takes the entire thickness of skin from the donor site, not just the top two layers.
Which Conditions May Require a Skin Graft?
- Arterial and venous insufficiency ulcers
- Crush injuries
- Decubitus ulcers
- Delayed radiation injury
- Diabetic complications
- Gas gangrene
- Necrotizing infection
- Pressure ulcers
- Wound dehiscence
How to Improve Skin Graft Healing With Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
The air we breathe is about 21% oxygen. It keeps us alive, but it doesn’t accelerate the transportation of oxygen through the blood. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, on the other hand, infuses the bloodstream with 100% concentrated oxygen.
Regular HBOT sessions effectively treat compromised skin grafts and flaps by restoring and strengthening the natural body processes needed to ensure skin-grafting success.
Hyperbaric wound care offers a safe, natural, and efficient medical therapy for wounds that may need additional support to properly heal. It uses 100% oxygen to stimulate accelerated healing capabilities within the body.