How RLT can help you heal faster
In this blog we are going to talk about the ways Red Light Therapy can help during a surgical procedure.
- Surgery statistics
- RLT before surgery
- RLT after surgery
- Studies on wound healing
First of all we have to mention that most people, at some point in their life, will probably have to go through some sort of surgical procedure. That’s why the following information is so useful.
If we analyse the reasons why people have to undergo surgery, cardiovascular, respiratory and urinary surgeries are three of the most common ones, followed by eye surgeries and muscles & tendons. (1, 2, 3)
Before undergoing a surgical procedure, it is very important for the patient to be healthy enough. For that reason, exams and tests need to be done beforehand, to ensure that no complications will occur in the operating room.
The entire surgery process, which includes recovery time, can vary enormously due to the health condition of the patient.
When it comes down to Red Light Therapy for surgical recovery, it’s always recommended to expose the body to RLT during the preparation time before surgery and during the recovery time after surgery.
In the following paragraphs we are going to see why.
RLT before surgery
Before surgery, Red Light Therapy can help you with the following:
- Prevent oxidative stress and inflammation. (8)
- Strengthen the tissue of muscles, bones and organs. (4)
- Energize the cells (Mitochondria) and increase resiliency. (5)
In other words, exposing the body to RLT before the surgery helps to pre-condition the body and increases the chances of a successful procedure and faster recovery. (9)
RLT after surgery
After surgery, Red Light Therapy can help you with the following:
- Promote the anti-inflammatory process in the body and speed the natural healing process.(11)
- Promote the healing of wounds (chronic and acute). (6)
- Promote healing where standard treatments have failed (e.g., healing diabetic ulcers). (7, 10)
Above all, RLT increases system-wide body healing and relieves pain by reducing chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.
To conclude, if you have a surgery coming up, Red Light Therapy can really help your body strengthen and prepare for the intervention, and heal it once the surgery has been done.
Now that you know how much difference RLT can make when it comes to going through a surgical procedure, are you going to miss out on the opportunity to help your body go through this difficult time?
Take a look at our devices and give your body that extra boost that will make a difference.
*You can find all the studies used for this blog below, as well as the source of inspiration.
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*Sources of information:
- Surgeries in Hospital-Based Ambulatory Surgery and Hospital Inpatient Settings, 2014. (n.d.). Retrieved November 1, 2019, from https://www.hcup-us.ahrq.gov/reports/statbriefs/sb223-Ambulatory-Inpatient-Surgeries-2014.jsp
- Surgery. (2019, October 28). Retrieved October 29, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surgery#Preoperative_care.
- ASA physical status classification system. (2019, September 27). Retrieved October 29, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASA_physical_status_classification_system.
- Hamblin, M. R., Freitas, L. F. de, Carroll, J. D., Ferraresi, C., & Huang, Y.-Y. (2018). Low-level light therapy: photobiomodulation. Bellingham, WA, USA: SPIE Press.
- Ferraresi, C., Kaippert, B., Avci, P., Huang, Y.-Y., Sousa, M. V. P. D., Bagnato, V. S., Parizotto, N.A., Hamblin, M. R. (2014). Low-level Laser (Light) Therapy Increases Mitochondrial Membrane Potential and ATP Synthesis in C2C12 Myotubes with a Peak Response at 3-6 h. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 91(2), 411–416. doi: 10.1111/php.12397
- Frangez, I., Cankar, K., Ban Frangez, H., Smrke, D.M. (2017). The effect of LED on blood microcirculation during chronic wound healing in diabetic and non-diabetic patients-a prospective, double-blind randomized study. Lasers Med Sci, 32(4): 887-894. doi: 10.1007/s10103-017-2189-7.
- Schubert, V. (2001). Effects of phototherapy on pressure ulcer healing in elderly patients after a falling trauma. A prospective, randomized, controlled study. Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed, 17(1):32-8. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0781.2001.017001032.x
- ShowMe. (n.d.). Oxygen deficit vs EPOC. Retrieved October 28, 2019, from https://www.showme.com/sh/?h=bJVtuKm
- Agrawal, T., Gupta, G. K., Rai, V., Carroll, J. D., & Hamblin, M. R. (2014). Pre-Conditioning with Low-Level Laser (Light) Therapy: Light before the Storm. Dose-Response, 12(4). doi: 10.2203/dose-response.14-032.agrawal
- Minatel, D.G., Frade, M.A., França, S.C., Enwemeka, C.S. (2009). Phototherapy promotes healing of chronic diabetic leg ulcers that failed to respond to other therapies. Lasers Surg Med, 41(6):433-41. doi: 10.1002/lsm.20789
- Wendling, P. (2019, January 11). LED Therapy Promotes Wound Healing. Retrieved October 29, 2019, from https://www.mdedge.com/dermatology/article/6093/aesthetic-dermatology/led-therapy-promotes-wound-healing
- Inspiration from: How can light therapy help surgical recovery https://lightlounge.life/blog/light-therapy/how-can-light-therapy-help-with-surgical-recovery/