The Treatment of Perioperative Spinal Cord Injury With Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

This study describes a potential novel application of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in the successful treatment of a postoperative spinal cord injury. A 68-year-old man presented with an acute spinal cord injury (ASIA impairment scale D), on the background of degenerative lower thoracic and lumbar canal stenosis. He underwent emergent decompression and instrumented fusion (T9–L5),…

Can preventive hyperbaric oxygen therapy optimise surgical outcome?

A systematic review of randomised controlled trials adddressed whether a primary underlying cause of postoperative complications is related to the surgical stress response, which may be mitigated by hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), the intermittent administration of oxygen at a pressure higher than the atmospheric pressure at sea level. Promising clinical studies have emerged suggesting HBOT’s…

Low level laser therapy increases angiogenesis in a model of ischemic skin flap in rats mediated by VEGF, HIF-1α and MMP-2

It is known that low level laser therapy is able to improve skin flap viability by increasing angiogenesis. However, the mechanism for new blood vessel formation is not completely understood. Here, we investigated the effects of 660 nm and 780 nm lasers at fluences of 30 and 40 J/cm(2) on three important mediators activated during…

The Effects of Photobiomodulation Therapy on Post-Surgical Pain

Introduction: One of the major complains after surgery is pain. Recent advances in the prevention and reduction of postoperative pain have provided several modalities. One of them is the use of laser irradiation on the surgical area. Objectives: To evaluate the effects of low level laser therapy (LLLT) on pain and side effects after surgery. Methods: In this…