Surgery, particularly under general anesthesia, is major trauma and strain on your body. Just like after any trauma, you will need to take time to heal following the operation. However; by using an oxygen concentrator post-surgery, your body can regenerate tissue faster with the excess oxygen allowing you to become active sooner!
Under general anesthesia, the anesthesiologist typically intubates you or inserts a tube into your windpipe. This is done to both protect your airway and ensure you have an adequate, constant supply of oxygen. Even after the surgery is concluded patients are often kept on oxygen in the recovery room. This is because surgeons and anesthesiologists realize the benefits of oxygen therapy after surgery. These benefits, listed below, can be extended with a home or portable oxygen machine.
Faster Wound Healing
Evidence suggests wounds heal faster when patients are on supplemental oxygen therapy. This goes for both surgical wounds and any wounds that existed before surgery. A shorter healing time is great news for patients, as it means a quicker return to their active, pre-surgery lifestyle. A fast return to activity additionally promotes healing from surgical procedures.
Pain is unfortunately common after surgery, and while your surgeon may prescribe pain medications, supplemental oxygen can help too. Often, inhaling deeply after surgery may bring some discomfort, primarily if the procedure was around the chest or abdominal areas. With the extra oxygen, you breathe easier and prevent "air hunger," which aids in lessening your pain after an operation.
Decreased Infection Risk
An oxygen concentrator can also help prevent infection utilizing a filter system. Breathing filtered air carries less risk than breathing the natural air around you. Since immune systems tend to suffer following a surgery, filtered air from an oxygen machine is a definite benefit.
Quicker Return to Exercise
Following surgery, it’s critical to return to physical activity as soon as possible. Not only is exercise vital for your general health, but it also aids in healing. Of course, you should always consult your doctor before engaging in postoperative activity, but an oxygen unit can help to get you active sooner. Supplemental oxygen increases your exercise capacity and many models have "smart" programming to provide more oxygen during periods of increased activity. Additionally, movement and exercise decrease the risk of blood clots, which is a common concern after surgery.
Facilitates Physical Therapy
Following surgery, many patients require physical therapy, especially if the operation was orthopedic in nature. Physical therapy is crucial to your rehabilitation and can be uncomfortable and difficult. A portable oxygen unit provides extra fuel to aid your therapy, allowing you to work harder at your rehabilitation. Since many models are lightweight and come with mobile carts, you’ll be able to bring your concentrator along to your therapy appointments when you need it most.
Whether you’re having a small or large procedure, an at home or portable oxygen concentrator can be extremely beneficial to your recovery time. Increased healing, immune system boosting, energy giving, pain easing and more are just some of the ways oxygen can help you get back on your feet faster! Give us a call today to discuss how an oxygen concentrator can improve your quality of life!
Information on this page is for reference and educational purposes only. For more information, talk to your doctor or primary care provider.
Page last updated: October 2, 2018