A compromised flap or graft is a piece of tissue that has been damaged or is not getting enough blood flow. This can happen for a number of reasons, including trauma, infection, surgery, or radiation therapy. When a flap or graft becomes compromised, it may need to be removed. Sometimes, a compromised flap or graft can be revived with aggressive treatment, such as antibiotics or surgery. In other cases, a new flap or graft may need to be placed. The decision to remove or revitalize a compromised flap or graft depends on the extent of the damage and the underlying cause.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a treatment that involves breathing 100% oxygen at a higher than normal atmospheric pressure. HBOT has been approved by the FDA to treat a variety of conditions, including decompression sickness and carbon monoxide poisoning. More recently, HBOT has been used off-label to treat compromised grafts and flaps.
Compromised grafts and flaps are a common complication of surgery. When tissue is transplanted from one area of the body to another, the blood supply to the tissue is often disrupted. This can cause the tissue to die, which can lead to infection, deformity, and even death.
HBOT is thought to be beneficial for treating compromised grafts and flaps because it increases the amount of oxygen in the blood. This extra oxygen can help to improve healing and prevent further tissue damage. In addition, HBOT has anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating effects, which may also help to promote healing.
If you have undergone surgery with a graft or flap, you may be at risk for complications. Our experts will guide you on what’s best for you.
There are several ways that skin grafts and flaps can become compromised. One is when the donor site is not properly prepared or when the graft is not taken from an area that has enough healthy tissue. Another way is if the graft is not properly secured to the recipient site. Additionally, if the blood supply to the graft or flap is cut off, it will not survive. Finally, infection can also cause skin grafts and flaps to fail. For these reasons, it is important that skin grafts and flaps are carefully planned and executed in order to maximize the chances of success.
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