Beneficial Effect of Application of Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) Product from Padang West Sumatra, Indonesia on Palatoplasty Wound Healing
The goal of wound care is to heal wounds quickly and relieve minimal pain, discomfort and scarring by providing adequate nutrition and the use of topical and systemic antimicrobial agents. Of various types of surgical wounds, each causing different wound -healing responses in a particular tissues, palatoplasty surgical wound for example. Coconut oil is an easily available edible oil. VCO is unique because of containing MCFAs with 45-50 percent lauric acid as predominant content. Previous study reported the effect of coconut oil pulling/oil swishing on plaque formation and plaque induced gingivitis. The objective of this study is to evaluate the beneficial effect of VCO on palatoplasty palatal surgical wound healing. In this study, the researchers included 6 patients who followed the palatoplasty procedure. Virgin coconut oil was applied onto and after palatal wound closure. All standard operating procedures were applied in this study. As a conclusion, VCO accelerated wound healing, accompanied by an increased number of fibroblast cells appeared in the wound, as well as fewer pain complaints.
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