A wound is a cut, lesion, laceration, or tear to the tissue. Wounds can occur when you are hit or cut with something. There are also wounds that result from medical procedures. Any open wound provides a gateway for bacteria that can lead to infection. A variety of factors can prevent wounds from healing, including immune deficiencies and obesity. Wound care is an essential part of treatment in the area of vascular care.

If you develop leg ulcers or skin infections related to venous disease, your condition will require immediate treatment to prevent the spread of infection. Following dialysis/venous access surgery, wound care may be required if you do not heal properly.

Wound Care for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

The most common symptom among people with PAD is pain that interferes with walking. The pain may occur in thighs, calves, or in the buttocks. This pain results from the blockage of blood flow through an artery. If the blockage is severe, some peripheral artery disease patients will develop critical limb ischemia (CLI). This condition causes wounds not to heal and can lead to the development of ulcers or gangrene in the toes or feet. Without the appropriate wound care and treatment for PAD, the condition could lead to amputation.

Wound care is an important component of treatment for patients with PAD who develop infections or gangrene. The goal of the wound care clinic is to preserve the foot so that the patient can walk again. The doctor’s efforts are to prevent the condition from going to the next level, including the potential for death.

Assessing the Need for Wound Care

Every patient is different and requires a unique approach to wound care. Our medical team begins by evaluating the vascular flow to the area of the wound before determining the best approach to facilitate healing. A number of minimally-invasive techniques can be used to treat blockages, including stents, laser therapy, and medications. In some cases, you may require surgery.

Patients who ignore the initial symptoms of pain and fatigue in their lower legs and feet can easily miss the opportunity to have minimally invasive endovascular procedures such as placing stents or having angioplasty. Once their venous condition progresses, they may require emergency surgery to save the affected limb. Sometimes vascular surgeons use veins taken from other areas to perform bypass surgery.

Our healthcare team of vein specialists understands the importance of monitoring patients with open wounds and taking a personal approach to treating them. Patients with any symptoms in their legs or feet should never ignore them. Let our highly trained and experienced staff evaluate the cause of your symptoms. The sooner you get diagnosed and treated, the lower your risk will be for a severe infection that could lead to an amputation or something worse.