What Does a Wound Care Expert Do?

What Does a Wound Care Expert Do?

Years ago, the doctor who fixed your broken arm also drained fluid from a pneumatic lung and prescribed eyeglasses. 

Today, over 120 medical specialties exist, including everything from abdominal imaging radiology to vascular surgery. Surprisingly, the United States was one of the last countries to realize that each part of the body (and everything that can go wrong with it) needs specialized attention — including wounds.

Some medical professionals have dedicated their lives to wound care, and you can find a few of the finest on our team at Advanced Vascular Solutions.  

We’d like to introduce you to our wound care specialists and help you understand what they do so you can make informed directions about your health.

What is a wound care expert? 

As the name suggests, a wound care expert specializes in treating wounds. That may not seem like a big deal, but when you consider that a slow-healing wound can lead to amputation, you start to understand their role in the medical field.   

Wound care experts have gone through extra training, focusing solely on different types of wounds and how to treat them. 

Our wound care experts treat acute wounds (think animal bites and burns) and chronic wounds, such as pressure sores and diabetic ulcers. Some of the other types of wounds we treat include:

Lymphedema management can also fall under our wound care expert’s purview.  

Our wound care experts step in when your wound is slow or non-healing, meaning it hasn’t started healing within two weeks or fully healed within six weeks. You should also see us for wound care if you have an underlying health condition, such as diabetes or nerve damage, that can affect the healing process.   

What do wound care experts do?

Wound care is not a one-size-fits-all therapy. Our specialists focus on discovering and treating the source of your wound and addressing the wound itself. This approach is the only way to fully recover and prevent the wound from returning. 

We begin with a wound care evaluation, where our team asks detailed questions about your wound, when you first noticed it, and any symptoms you’re experiencing. We also discuss your medical history to help us get to the bottom of your wound. 

In some cases, we use diagnostic tools like vascular ultrasound to evaluate your circulation or a nerve conduction study to rule out nerve damage. A small blood sample and a sample of wound tissues can also help us uncover a potential infection. 

What treatments are available? 

At Advanced Vascular Solutions, we offer everything from basic wound care strategies to the most advanced ones. Our experts have years of experience removing dead tissue, cleaning, and properly dressing wounds, but depending on your specific case, we may recommend a wound vac or skin grafts.   

A wound vac creates a negative pressure around your wound to promote circulation and remove debris and fluid we couldn't during the debridement process. Skin grafts enable us to use healthy skin to repair wounds that are too big to heal on their own.  

If you’re concerned about a wound and searching for an expert, look no further than our team at Advanced Vascular Solutions. To schedule an appointment, call our friendly staff or use our online booking tool to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve patients in the Sebastian and Melbourne, Florida area.  

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