Mike was putting Christmas lights up on his house last year when he slipped and fell off the top rung of a ladder. He fell 10 feet and severely split open his shin, requiring a trip to the hospital and 15 stitches. At first, there was no reason to believe such a traumatic injury wouldn’t heal on its own with time and a little TLC. However, it didn’t and became infected over the course of the next month. At his wit’s end, Mike sought help from a wound care specialist, who recommended wound vac therapy. He had never heard of it and asked, “Will it finally heal my wound?”
If you’ve never heard of wound vac therapy, you’re not alone. With that said, this advanced treatment option isn’t new. However, it has become a game-changer for its ability to decrease pressure, draw fluid out of a wound, and increase critical blood flow to the area to promote faster, more efficient healing for a variety of complex wounds.
Types of Wounds That Can Benefit from Wound Vac Therapy
- Traumatic injury wounds (lacerations, abrasions, etc.)
- Second- or third-degree burns
- Pressure ulcers or bedsores
- Slow-healing c-section incisions
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Non-healing surgical incisions
Anyone who suffers from some form of wound can benefit from wound vac therapy, especially if they seek help early enough. Waiting for too long increases the chance of infection and could lead to more serious intervention in the future to prevent life-changing complications.
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How Does Wound Vac Therapy Work?
Complex wounds and skin ulcers can be difficult to manage. Most start as acute and typically heal within a few days or weeks. But many times, they can last for weeks and months without showing any signs of improvement. They affect 6.5 million patients annually and may lead to everything from impaired quality of life and functioning to amputation and even death. As a result, $39 billion is spent annually to treat them.
Wound vac therapy, also known as negative pressure wound vac therapy, vacuum sealing, or subatmospheric pressure therapy, creates a temporary decrease in air pressure around the wound to create suction and pull the edges of the wound together. This drains the wound and influences the shape and growth of the surface tissues to promote healing. The treatment begins by sealing the wound with a layer of foam dressing and a thin film. At the top of the dressing is an opening that can be connected to a vacuum pump. Once connected, the vacuum creates negative pressure that gently pulls fluids from the wound and brings the edges of the wound together.
Depending on the type and severity of the wound, you could be asked to wear the pump for varying timeframes. But the benefits are immeasurable. Just a few include:
- Reduce pressure on the wound — Gases in the air around us place constant pressure on our bodies. This is something we never notice unless we have a wound that won’t heal. The wound vacuum relieves this added pressure on the wound, allowing it to heal naturally.
- Reduce fluid buildup inside the wound — Excess fluid inside a wound leads to swelling and potential infection if not drained properly. A drain tube is connected to the end of the vacuum, which slowly drains excess fluid, removes air pressure, and increases critical blood flow.
- Stimulate new tissue growth — Because the vacuum pulls the edges of the wound together, there is an increased likelihood of stimulating new tissue growth to help the wound close on its own.
- The procedure is non-invasive — There is no formal downtime associated with wound vac therapy. Most patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately following their treatment sessions.
- Reduce discomfort — Some patients experience less discomfort from their existing wound after wound vac therapy because it stays moist and warm. Also, the dressings only need to be changed every 48 hours in most cases, allowing for less risk of exposure to harmful bacteria.
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Who Can Benefit from Wound Vac Therapy?
Nearly anyone who suffers from a wound or skin ulcer that isn’t healing or is healing slowly can benefit from wound vac therapy. But at the end of the day, your specialist will decide if you are a good candidate for this therapy based on your unique circumstances. Wound vac therapy is NOT recommended for these types of wounds.
- Cancer tissue
- Exposed organs or blood vessels
- Areas with poor blood flow
- Fragile skin
- Wounds near joints that may reopen with limb movement
Contact StrideWoundCare with Questions About Wound Vac Treatment
Deciding on the best course of action is for a wound or skin ulcer can be challenging for someone who is not used to these conditions or has been living with discomfort for an extended period. At StrideWoundCare we understand how frustrating, time consuming, and costly it can be to take care of wounds. Our wound care team has specialized training to manage and assess wounds of all types. We offer easy access to our wound care services, including multiple outpatient locations throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
As a partner in your care, we will work together with your other doctors and healthcare providers. In addition to providing excellent wound care and management, our nurses will teach you how to care for your wound in between visits to promote healing and protect it from further injury. For a consultation with one of our experts, please contact us at 214-285-9200 or complete the appointment form.Appointment
This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Prior to starting any new treatment or questions regarding a medical condition, always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider.
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