WOUND CARE SURGERY
Wounds are breaks in the continuity of the skin and can vary in size depending on the cause.
They are caused by disease processes, surgery or trauma such as burns. Wounds that are closed within 4 weeks are called acute wounds and those that remain open for longer than 4 weeks are called chronic wounds. Failure of a wound to heal is dangerous because it can lead to infection spreading into the bloodstream, the body loses proteins and weight and it can cause pain.
Treatment of wounds was one of the first skills learnt and mastered by Plastic Surgeons. Plastic Surgeons also contributed to the field of wound care by developing dressings and devices that speed up wound closure. Today wound care is also carried out by registered wound care nurses.
At Dr Vadia’s wound clinic all patients are evaluated holistically to optimise the patients body to heal,
The wound is assessed and a plan is put in place with the aim of wound closure within 4 weeks. Every dressing change is personally supervised by Dr Vadia to detect early changes that will cause the wound to not heal and select the best dressing for the wound and the change in condition.The most modern and effective dressings such as negative pressure wound therapy and artificial skin is used where appropriate. Where indicated surgery using flaps and other reconstructive modalities are used.
The patients value on function, form, convenience and finances are all taken into consideration and treatment individualised to suit the patients needs and expectations.