Wound Care Clinic
At Vascular Health Centers, we strive to provide the Oviedo community with treatment for any wounds that have occurred. One portion of our clinic is devoted to venous diseases. Venous disease or chronic venous insufficiency is when there’s an issue with your leg or ankle, which causes a swelling or a skin change. While there aren’t any treatments for venous disease, we can treat your discomfort. At our clinic, we also deal with wounds that have occurred in the veins of your legs due to other diseases. While you may have some discomfort, we want to help you alleviate that pain with our treatments for wound and venous disease. If you have any questions about venous disease, then take the time to contact us.
Another portion of what we do at our clinic is wound care. A wound is a cut, lesion, laceration, or tear to the tissue. Wounds can occur when you are hit or cut with a sharp instrument. In addition, there are also wounds that result from medical procedures. When you are cut with a sharp instrument, then you can face the risk of an infection. Any open wound provides a gateway for bacteria that can lead to an infection. By exposing your wound to the open air, a myriad of different types of bacteria can make its way into the wound and cause your body to slow down on the healing process or face an even bigger health issue. In fact, it takes at least a few weeks for your wound to heal and to tell if there’s an infection in the wound. If you allow an infected wound to fester, then you could be facing a potentially deadly situation of sepsis.
When you cut yourself, your body will go through three stages. The first stage is the response of your immune system to protect the wound from any possible infection. The second stage is the growth of new cells over the wound. This is usually when there’s a scab to protect your body from any infections. Lastly, the tissue of the scar will form to heal the area where the wound was located. This is the three stage process of a wound healing; however, there are situations where this does not occur. 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 a venous disease, your condition will require immediate treatment to prevent the spread of an infection. Following dialysis/venous access surgery, wound care may be required if you do not heal properly. For further information, consult a specialist at our wound care clinic.
Wound Care for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
The most common symptom among people with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a pain that interferes with walking. Obviously, walking is very important, so it’s vital that if you have this disease, then you visit our clinic. The pain may occur in the thighs, calves, or in the buttocks. The discomfort that you might experience 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 our wound care clinic is to preserve the foot or leg so that the patient can walk again. We want to help you to the best of our abilities, which means that we’ll do everything we can to help you be able to walk again and use the function of your legs. The doctor’s efforts are to prevent the condition from going to the next level, including a potential for death.
Assessing the Need for Wound Care
Every patient is different and requires a unique approach to wound care. At the Vascular Health Centers, we won’t treat you just like any other patient. We’ll make sure to walk you through what you need to know about wound care. In addition, our treatment plan will be administered by an expert who will determine what you need for wound care.
When you come to us, 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 the venous condition progresses, you 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.
If you need assistance with wound care, then take the time to contact Vascular Health Centers. The experts at our clinic will know how to assess your need for wound care to determine the right treatment plan for you.