The Importance of Wound Care

The Importance of Wound Care

You’ve likely heard someone say, “time heals all wounds.” It’s a nice thought, but it’s not always true. Some wounds can linger for weeks, sometimes months. Some won’t heal at all unless a medical professional steps in. 

Nearly 7 million people in the United States live with one of these chronic wounds, which is why wound care is a key part of our comprehensive services. 

Our team of experts at Advanced Vascular Solutions is dedicated to delivering the best possible wound care treatments available so you can avoid potentially serious complications. 

Why won’t my wound heal?

Fresh wounds that are on their way toward healing usually present with mild redness, irritation, and swelling. A chronic wound (a wound that hasn’t started to heal after two weeks) has significant swelling, numbness, discharge, discoloration, and even a foul odor. 

When this happens, there’s usually at least one underlying health condition at play, such as:

Additionally, diabetes, a condition that impacts how your body processes blood sugar, can lead to impaired circulation, a higher risk of infection, and nerve damage — all of which contribute to slow-healing wounds. 

Why do I need wound care?

Think of your slow-healing wound as an open door for infection. The longer that door stays open, the greater your risk of contracting an infection, which, in the worst cases, can lead to amputation or even death. 

Because wound care can quickly become a life-or-death situation, we take it very seriously and offer only the most advanced treatments. 

What’s involved in wound care?

When you see us for wound care, we don’t simply put a Band-Aid over your wound. We provide patient-centered care that’s focused on discovering and treating the root cause of your wound. This is the only way to ensure that your wound fully heals and doesn’t make a comeback.

During your initial evaluation, we ask detailed questions about your wound, including symptoms, previous treatments, and the possible causes. If necessary, we may order additional diagnostic testing, such as a vascular ultrasound, nerve conduction study, or blood work, to fully assess your situation. 

Then, depending on your needs, we recommend a treatment plan, which may include debridement to remove dead tissue, wound vac to improve circulation and remove debris, and/or skin grafts to repair skin tissue on large wounds.

The wounds we treat most often include:

We also specialize in treating lymphedema and in preventing limb loss.

If you’re worried about a wound that won’t seem to go away, don’t wait any longer to get help. Call or click to schedule an appointment at our Sebastian, Florida office today. 

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